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What slang names do you know for cigarettes?

By 9 December 2018Language Tips

Do your patients use slang names for cigarettes?

What do your patients call cigarettes?

I’m sure you’re all very familiar with the word but are you so familiar with the slang forms? Patients may use these instead of the full form. For example: fags, smokes, ciggies and even rollies which describe the self-rolled cigarettes.

When speaking to your patients, it’s best to use cigarettes initially but, if your patient calls them something else, you can switch to mirror their language. This is a way to build a relationship with them.

Some countries refer to ‘sticks’ e.g. he smokes 20 sticks a week but this is not a common expression in British, American or Australian English.

Do you know any other slang expressions for cigarettes?