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If you smoke a cigarette that you peed on the night before (dried out now), will it make you sick? (like more sick than just usual smoking risk)?
posted by josher71 to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Yes, it would result in psychological trauma.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 8:32 AM on June 2, 2014 [28 favorites]

Well, you can drink it. But I'd be willing to bet that no one, anywhere, has a definitive answer to this question.
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:33 AM on June 2, 2014 [1 favorite]

If you think about it, urine is all the waste that is bad for you that your body is excreting, then you are going to dry it out, smoke it and inhale it into your lungs. I'm pretty sure that can't be good for you, but if you think about it, neither is smoking anything and people smoke all kinds of dirty shit and seem not to immediately die from it.
posted by SassHat at 8:36 AM on June 2, 2014 [2 favorites]

Not sure if it would make you sick, but might signal you already are? Seriously, say wha?
posted by Falwless at 8:36 AM on June 2, 2014 [9 favorites]

Best answer: Studies assessing the impact of urea exposure on lung function indicate that the effects are minimal. Source.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 8:42 AM on June 2, 2014 [8 favorites]

For what it's worth, my cat once peed on my stovetop and I didn't notice it -- the smell of hot pee is many, many times more vile than the normal smell of pee.
posted by jeather at 8:45 AM on June 2, 2014 [3 favorites]

Um..... I vote no!
posted by JenThePro at 9:16 AM on June 2, 2014

There's already urea in cigarettes, usually sourced from rats. Knock yourself out.
posted by Riverine at 9:18 AM on June 2, 2014 [5 favorites]

It won't make you physically sick, but dude, seriously?
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 9:41 AM on June 2, 2014 [2 favorites]

Have you ever smelled burning pee--like when a bunch of people think it's a cool idea to piss on a fire to try and put it out?

I have. It was one of the worst things I have ever smelled in my entire life. If a cigarette covered in dry piss smells anything like that, I think it's very likely that your experiment will result in vomiting.
posted by inertia at 10:14 AM on June 2, 2014

I think this should be considered a serendipitous test of your ability to withstand the forces of nicotine addiction.

usually sourced from rats

Well, in this at-the-time-infamous exchange between anti-smoking advocates and the industry, Lorillard called urea a "a compound that naturally occurs in the tobacco leaf" and denied using it as a specific additive. Its presence, however, according to an internal 1989 memo:

is believed to be an important additive for three reasons, it reduces benz[a]pyrene, it greatly reduced formaldehyde, and it improves the taste.

Which should tell you all you need to know ... at least about the tobacco industry.
posted by dhartung at 10:23 AM on June 2, 2014 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: A friend asked me this question and I asked the hivemind. I would NEVER do this. Just to be clear and make sure the good name of Josher71 is not besmirched.
posted by josher71 at 10:31 AM on June 2, 2014 [14 favorites]

I think it's time for your friend to consider Nicorette.
posted by rpfields at 2:52 PM on June 2, 2014 [4 favorites]

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