Note: This is an archived blog post from an old personal blog, On The Contrary. Please see this post for more details
Everyone hates social smokers. Smoking socially seems to be fine, but admitting that you do seems to be an act that has been condemned.
Social smoking is basically someone who smokes only when his/her friends are smoking too. However, social smoking has modernly been defined as something done by ‘losers’ who are just wannabes and do it to be cool and to socialize because they are unable to socialize through conversation and normal methods. I too, agreed with this, until I thought about it and realised that social smoking goes much deeper than doing it just to socialize with peers. We all often condemn smoking itself as something done by people who just want to be cool in front of others and many smokers just say that they are too addicted to stop (which is usually true). Thats an entirely different article though – So because we already think of it negatively, those that smoke socially basically can’t use the excuse of being addicted thus we accuse them of smoking thus causing hazards to their own health for the sake of making friends. This itself already sounds pretty harsh, but theres much more to it.
What if you looked at social smoking as an activity done for enjoyment? Smoking is definately enjoyable and so it can be categorized here too. So smoking can become ideal as something friends do together, thus it can be like drinking beer or just hanging out and playing video games. Social smoking can thus occur when someone just wants a stick to enjoy, kind of like shisha. Well, this made sense to me – Whether addicted or not, as long as they are enjoying it, social smokers seem to be fine because they’re just involving themselves into something they want to receive enjoyment from.