I am a smoker. Been so for over 3-4 yrs now. Before that, I only smoked pot. Now I do both.
I started smoking cigarettes because I used to chew tobacco, but I liked the effects of cigarettes better, as well as not as offensive or disgusting to the opposite sex. So I gave up chewing(which an ex-boss got me into originally via a betting match), and took up cigarettes.
I am confident that if I continued chewing, I'd have developed lip cancer. As a smoker, I don't fear my lungs or throat getting cancer. Can't explain why, but I know for certain I will not go this way, so it does not worry me.
I enjoy a good puff. It's soothing, relieves stress, and a good excuse to take a break for a sec and reboot the system. Also gives me something to do if I'm just standing around in the cold waiting. Smoke always keeps me company.
My preferred brand of choice is Camel. I started on Bugler(roll-your own-brand), and I find the two taste about the same. I don't like any other brand and when I smoke Marlboro, it fucks with my lungs and throat. Smoking Camels, I notice NO respiratory effects. Maybe its the pot causing me to cough it all up? I dunno.
All I know is I've been smoking off and on for about 4 years with no ill effects or health issues. I believe its because I have strong genes and DNA and have no cases of cancer in my entire family tree, so yea. I will continue smoking until it affects my ability to breathe or have stamina, which hasn't happened yet.