Well, the reason why people smoked and drank so much in old movies was not exactly because it was glamorous but because the directors needed something interesting for the characters to do with their hands, and let's face it, smoke looks cool, no matter where it comes from. Just having the characters sit there talking is, let's face it, boring.
So it could just be subconscious embellishment. *shrug* Is there usually anything else there to make the scene look more 'interesting'?
-Carefully taking sips from the Fire Hose of Knowledge
"How dreadful!" cried Lord Henry. "I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect." ~ Oscar Wilde - The picture of Dorian Gray
That's funny. I always imagine myself with a bottle of rum and dressed up like a pirate in my daydreams. I never dress up like a pirate and I rarely drink anything alcoholic. Maybe I secretly want to be a pirate, like Jack Sparrow or something, without realizing it... Well, it does sound cool!
I was sitting outside the classroom waiting to go in, and I saw an airplane hit the tower. The TV was obviously on. I used to fly myself and I said, "There's one terrible pilot."
- George W. Bush -
I actually postponed smoking for several years because I looked stupid trying to inhale, so I was unwilling to smoke in public. It was sheer boredom waiting between classes that caused me to overcome this reticence. Face it, smoking is casual fun for many people; if it wasn't for the fact that it kills you, I'd still be doing it on a regular basis.
As to the OP, maybe you watched the original Twilight Zone too often.