It's never that easy. As awful as this may sound, some people really NEED to. 5 months ago I would have said much differently, but now that I've experienced it first hand, I can honestly say that I think some people just need to.You would not have to be concerned with quitting smoking, if you never start!!
Even though it is poison, nicotine has effects on the body that can help certain people live better lives. I've recently realized that smoking is not a bad thing if you do it intellegently. Think of it like Hydocodine or Vicondin or any other really good pain killer. You shouldn't be on them 24/7. You take them when you need them, and they really help. Sometimes, your pain gets to the point where you can't think straight or function properly, so you dope up and mellow out - you still can't function your best, but you're definately better off.
In the case of cigarettes, sometimes you're really high strung or anxious, so you should have a smoke & chill out. You'll be a little stinky and lose a bit of stamina, but you're better off. The problem is that people nowadays don't like dealing with stress at all, no matter how minior, and think that their lives are as bad as it gets, so they're constantly lighting up. In the end, they get addicted JUST like those people who think they're in constant unbearable pain and can't go more than 30 minutes without being drugged up on painkillers.
Even though I despise the taste and smell of cigarettes, if I ever recover from the psychological effects of my experiment, I will smoke again. Not for habit, or that "only when I'm drinking" crap - when I really really need it. It'll get me high, calm me down, and I'll probably put the pack away for the rest of the year.
Which leads me to a question: a lot of you on these boards seem to be smokers. How did you get hooked? At what point did you become dependent on the buzz? I know I might have aggrivated some of you by comparing you to morphine addicts, but I really don't see how you go from a cig here & there to addicted unless you just greedy for the high.