So I've been thinking about smoking. I have never done it, personally, which I guess is rare. Many of my friends in high school smoked, but they were always respectful of those of us who didn't. I understood the smoking-as-rebellion thing then, and I understand the smoking-as-a-craving thing now.
Do you remember those commercials against smoking that started off with "If you think THIS is stupid..."? I hated them. To me, they seemed to band together the non-smokers and distance them from the smokers. They did not motivate smokers to quit. Most smokers I know are perfectly aware of it being bad for them. But they do it anyway? Why?
So, I started to put myself in their shoes. What would make them want to sneak outside for five or so minutes, and inhale burning tobacco? Obviously, it's a break from whatever they're doing, so there's that. But besides the nicotine addiction... there had to be something.
And then I realized - smoking is controlled breathing. It's the comforting, soothing, relaxing motion of inhaling deeply, then exhaling deeply. It's enabled, but it's basically meditation. I'd imagine that if us non-smokers stole five minutes to go outside to the fresh air, breathe deeply for a bit, then come back inside, we'd feel that same release and recharge.
Are there any smokers out there that would agree with this statement? I really want another perspective on this.