I was rehearsing 14 hours at a time with a performing group and competing weekly for one of 30 spots with 150 people for actual scheduled performances.
I was going to high school full time and driving 100 miles each way 4 times a week to these rehearsals.
Some of the group members smoked on the steps during short rehearsal breaks and I joined in.
After the initial coughing and sputtering I liked the kick from the nicotine.
I quit smoking 40 years later.
There was no glamour associated with smoking for me. The nicotine got me hooked and kept me coming back.