i have never smoked a cigarette in my life. i think i was deterred mainly because i knew i had an addictive personality and that combined with the health risks, it'd probably not be a good thing. i also was a very frugal person growing up (my mom says i get that from my grandmother), so an added expense on something like cigarettes would be unacceptable.
i used to believe that our generation grew up smoking a lot less than generations prior, just because there seemed to be a lot more educative material out there on the health risks and such. and indeed, you see bans on smoking in restaurants and other locations, designated smoking areas and what not. in "Mad Men", a show about advertising in 1960s america, you see people smoking every other scene, the culture was that different back then. (i wonder if i'll have to smoke for anything i do for acting).
but i think it's a testament to the power of advertising and how strong of an addictive substance nicotine is that phillip morris and the other big wigs are making billions of bucks now on the stuff. i suppose it is the addictiveness that still scares me into not trying it to this day.
but who can deny it, advertising and movies have convinced us that smoking is awesome. as much as it seems hilarious to think that a simple ad can change our perspective, and i even say that, i still think looks cool to just take a drag out of a cigarette and look wistfully into the air in a pensive manner, preferably on a scenic backdrop. or when someone asks you a question, you can take a puff as if the cigarette will provide you with some sort of muse-like inspiration to answer it. or when you're trying to bypass an infiltration system, you can use the smoke from the cigarettes to show the lasers. ok maybe that only works in metal gear solid.
will i ever smoke one? i dunno, i'd say it's not out of the question. but i did just buy a pack for an acting exercise recently and it's just sitting here, and it seems like a waste to just flush ten bucks (yes, a pack is 10 dollars in manhattan, wtf) down the drain like that...
here's me attempting to look cool with a cig, it's the one that looks the least douchebaggy out of the pics i took, el oh el. notice the 2 day old non-shaven look, adding to the hardcoreness.