Why do otherwise sensible looking intelligent young people smoke cigarettes? Why, I saw two young men today, in their late teens or early 20s. These were not "working class" people but well dressed, driving $25,000 cars, talking on iPhones/smartphones/BlackBerrys (yapping on the phone while driving: a rant for another day.) with cigarettes hanging from their lips.
To me, anyone under the age of 30 has no good reason to take up smoking. Your reasons are going to sound the same as someone who took up crack, heroin, or meth. You tried an addictive drug. You got addicted. Now you can't stop.
Why try it in the first place? When all the risks of immediate addiction, early death from heart disease, stroke and chronic lung damage are well researched and well known? To look cool? To belong? To self medicate (a very high percentage of people with documented mental illness are smokers, and many say it helps their illness)?
It just doesn't seem very smart, that's all.
Anyone want to take a stab at this?