The general perception of smokers by both non-smokers & smokers themselves, is that smokers are weak willed slaves to a dirty habit.
On the contrary, it's clear to me that SMOKERS ARE TOUGH! T-U-F-F! .....Tough!
Who didn't cough & splutter at their first attempt of that crappy tasting weed. How tough you had to be to persevere until you could accommodate a lung full of smoke. Smokers are aware they are inhaling hundreds of poisonous chemicals with each cigarette....how tough is that! Show me someone who will go outside in the depth of winter, wind swirling around them, every hour or so just for a smoke. How tough is that! Notice how much worse a common chest cold is for a smoker, yet they persist even though they feel like they're about to cough up a lung. No, smokers certainly aren't weak. It takes a great deal of grit & determination to smoke under these circumstances.
I recall as a 12 year old, trying to fit in my newly adopted football team. They had played together for a number of years & I was a short chubby "unknown quantity". On the way home from training we shared a smoke. I was highly admired because I did the drawback (inhaled). That may have been the first time I associated smoking with a reward of status & acceptance. No doubt the serotonin & oxytocin were flowing. I'll bet I'm not the only one on this forum to first smoke to show I was TUFF.
Then, there are those who are even tougher. Everyone here who is reading & contributing to this forum. Those who are daring to thumb their collective noses at cigarettes & choose to become non smokers. If you have any doubt that you have what it takes to kick the weed, you've already proved you have what it takes when you were a smoker.