EastEnders fans stunned by Ben Mitchell's 'new' habit – but did you notice it? | The Sun

BEN Mitchell is spiralling out of control and his outbursts are only getting more frequent.

But after last night's episode, EastEnders fans were shocked to see him smoke cigarettes during a conversation with Kheerat.

Things have been looking very bleak over at The Arches as Ben Mitchell continues to battle with his inner demons.

Kheerat Panesar (portrayed by Jaz Deol) found the troublemaker played by Max Bowden sleeping in the garage.

This prompted him to look on his laptop to find any clues on what could be on his mind.

He eventually found a follow-up email about an HIV test and convinced to get tested, while offering him support.

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The pair shared a conversation on a bench in Albert Square and the hot-headed Mitchell lit up a cigarette to calm his nerves.

Viewers were astonished to see the character smoke and took to Twitter to express their surprise.

"So Ben smokes now as well? Since when?", one of them asked.

A second viewer commented: "It’s so weird seeing Ben smoking."

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"Why have they got Ben smoking?", another chimed in while a fourth fan echoed: "Ben's smoking! Since when does he smoke?!"

Ben has been turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms while he struggles to come to terms with being raped by Lewis Butler.

Aside from the cigarettes, Ben has also been seen taking drugs with a long-lost school friend.

However, Kheerat is keeping an eye on him.


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Sadly, as the businessman gives him a shoulder to lean on, Ben is overwhelmed by guilt, which leads him to confess his part in Jags' murder.

BBC One viewers may remember that the late character got on the wrong side of a prison gang after being framed by his mother Suki.

Ben caught Kheerat with Sharon Watts and, in a blind rage, called off the protection that was meant for Jags, which ultimately led to his tragic death behind bars.

Spoilers have confirmed Kheerat will be attacking Ben after finding out the truth and it could well be the end of their friendship.

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But Suki may also have to be upfront with her own mistakes.

EastEnders airs from 7.30pm on BBC One.

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