I've started smoking when I drink in the last year or so. I buy fags when I buy my alcohol for predrinks and usually just buy whatever cheapest pack of 10 the off-licence/supermarket has. I couldn't tell you exacly why I started, but once I did I really dug the social aspect of it. Whether it's outside a club or at a house party, there'll usually be at least one or two other smokers and the shared activity means it's always easy to spark up a conversation.
It sounds really bad to endorse that side of it, but I have made a bunch of friends and improved friendships because of smoking. One example in particular sits in my mind of a friend from uni: we moved in the same circle and hung out as part of a group together often, but once she found out I smoked we'd often find ourselves chatting just the two of us while we smoked outside. And she's one of the small number of people from uni who I've been in touch with since our course finished.
So don't smoke kids. But if you do, be social about it and make the best of a bad addiction.
Edited by I So Brink, 10 September 2013 - 06:20 PM.