- Smokers form social subgroups. During smoke-breaks, we often had most interesting discussions that non-smokers don't seem to have.
Stephen King wrote a short story about people just transitioning out of smoking and it was turned into the movie with aliens with Roddy Roddy Piper and a pair of cheap sunglasses.
Now to the OP: The only advantages I can see are social. Now that smoking is illegal indoors (hell yeah!!!) at clubs and bars, you can just go outside and cruise the ladies. Life's never been so good for parkin lot pimps! Hahahaha. It's a party out there. It makes the clubs look more packed than it really is (good for the club) but you do get the advantage of seeing what the crowd is like before you go in (good for you)
And you can always use smoking as an excuse to push up on wimmins (and mens too) and bum cigarettes and offer cigarettes and lights. I think the sexual connotations are one reason why (straight) men generally don't light one another's cigarettes for them?
Otherwise, I'm too vain to smoke except when drinking. And only cause vices just go hand in hand in...hmm, I bet you could make a naughty joke here but I won't. Cause I'm a -- oh fug it, I bet Whatever is sick of my "I'm a lady" line by now.
Econmic advantages of smoking to 3rd parties are tremendous -- like creators of smokers gum, smoker's toothpaste, smoker's mouthwash, smoker's breath spray, tooth whiteners, veneers, lawyers, dermatologists, supplement makers, and health care professionals in general.
But to the people smoking? Curbs appetite, calms nerves temporarily?
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I quit smoking many years ago, but what worked for me was cutting back slowly (having my first after 9am, then the following week having my first at 10am, etc) and using nIcorette gum. I did this when I met my future husband - smoking was a deal-breaker for him.
I've often envied the social connection smokers seem to make- especially when I took an ancient history course from a chain smoker. The other smokers in the class had a camaraderie with her while the rest of us were kind of intimidated by her.
I've tried to come up with healthy alternatives. Maybe a lollipop club, or people addicted to blowing bubbles.
It's probably addictive, but I wouldn't want to spend my money or time on a fatal addiction. My dad used to smoke for 3 years or so, and he found it pretty damn hard to quit. He managed to quit anyways. He smoked for the fun of it, and because all his friends smoked too. Today, I see the kids outside my school smoking in groups, they don't seem to be talking about anything good [to me]. But it makes you look cool. That's probably all I have to say on the 'advantages' of smoking.
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