Cigarettes Will Kill You

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"Cigarettes Will Kill You"
Ben Lee - Cigarettes Will Kill You (single).jpg
Single by Ben Lee
from the album Breathing Tornados
Released 1998
Format CD
Recorded 1997
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:48
Label
Songwriter(s) Ben Lee
Producer(s) Ed Buller
Ben Lee singles chronology
"Career Choice"
(1997)
"Cigarettes Will Kill You"
(1998)
"Ship My Body Home"
(1998)
"Career Choice"
(1997)
"Cigarettes Will Kill You"
(1998)
"Ship My Body Home"
(1998)

"Cigarettes Will Kill You" is a single by Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee, from his 1998 album Breathing Tornados. Produced by Ed Buller, the song became a breakout success for Lee. It was voted #2 on the 1998 Triple J Hottest 100 and also reached #46 on the Australian singles chart.

During his 24 April 2006 concert at Irving Plaza in New York City, Lee described how he came up with the title for the track, recalling that he'd been listening to the Verve's "The Drugs Don't Work" and was so impressed with its title that he decided to name his own song with a similarly catchy title.

The title of "Cigarettes Will Kill You" as well as many of the lyrics refer to cigarette smoking as a metaphor for continuing to go back to a bad relationship even though one knows it will end terribly and cause pain. Lee recounted how one often badly needs short-term comfort to get through an otherwise sad, frustrating life even though everyone knows that smoking can cause health problems. The single's cover even resembles a pack of cigarettes.

The song was featured in the 2002 Australian comedy Crackerjack. It has also been referenced in the Axis of Awesome's song medley "Four Chord Song", a reference to the fact that the chord progression in "Cigarettes Will Kill You" is similar to that of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and Toto's "Africa".

Track listings[edit]

All songs written by Ben Lee unless otherwise stated

Australian CD single
  1. "Cigarettes Will Kill You"
  2. "Girls Talk" (Elvis Costello)
  3. "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" (Bob Dylan)
US CD single
  1. "Cigarettes Will Kill You"
  2. "Girls Talk" (Elvis Costello)
  3. "How to Survive a Broken Heart"

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