I'm not very sure of myself writing or not.. but, here goes.
I'm a young smoker, I've been smoking since I was 13 to 14 years old. All I ever hear is the whole, "You started smoking because you thought it looked cool.","You feel the need to be popular and accepted by your peers." and "You know that shit causes cancer, right?"
As a smoker that has grew up around smoking, I can justify for myself that "being cool" isn't the reason I started. The reason I started was curiousity. I mean, granted, I got curious more than once and now I'm at a pack to two packs a day.
I just guess that I started relying on that sweet nicotine fix to help me with stress (as has everyone else who smokes). I like smoking, I almost love it! I have nothing against anyone who quit smoking, or is anti-smoking, but I don't want to hear you preach. This is my choice in life, and if it gives me cancer, right after chemo I'll be lighting up a cigarette.
If this is the only way to help my stress because I can't think of anything else... then so be it.