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Let me preface this post by saying that I am 100% aware that smoking is terribly unhealthy and has all kinds of dangers to the body, and I would never encourage anyone to start smoking, especially young people.

That said, I think something about the image of smoking is still cool.

It just looks cool. Something about a movie heroine taking a long dramatic drag from a cigarette

, or Don Draper on "Mad Men" striking a match for a lady's Marlboro just oozes rebel attitude and old school glamour.


Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe both smoked in many of their movies, often with long cigarette holders and gold lighters that made the activity seem feminine.

Barack Obama has a secret smoking habit (though he admits it's dangerous) that he's kept well-hidden from the press. Rumor has it the president went through packs of nicotine gum every day on his grueling campaign trail. Hey, if I were the most powerful man in the free world, I might need an occasional cig, too!

In the 50s and 60s, smoking inside was entirely legal, and many people chain-smoked to get through their workdays. No matter how much anti-smoking companies may try, I don't think they'll ever be able to stop everybody from smoking.

Again, there is nothing cool about lung cancer and premature aging!! But I still think the simple image of smoking is fascinating in a slick, retro-glam kind of way.

Do you think smoking looks cool, or do the health risks make it definitely look uncool? Do you smoke?