#5. “Death Sticks” are hallucinogens.
If you’ll recall, “Death Sticks” were introduced in Attack of the Clones, when a Death Stick-guy offered a Death Stick to Obi-Wan – who, for whatever reason, declined the Death Stick. Reminder: in this universe, there is a product that people consciously use that is called “DEATH STICK.” Regardless, you would probably assume they were preachy Star Wars stand-ins for cigarettes, since – ya know – “death stick” is literally a slang term for cigarettes. But you’d be wrong.
Death sticks are actually hallucinogens. And not just any hallucinogens! These hallucinogens actually reduce your lifespan every time you use one – shortening your life more and more with each successive stick of death. Even more weirdly, the death sticks natural state was a liquid that could be added to alcohol or injected straight into your veins. And even double-weirdly, they inhibited your connection with the Force.
So: reduces your lifespan, cuts you off from the Force, and is literally named “DEATH STICKS.” Cigarettes don’t look so bad now, do they MOM?