Smoking: an act of defiance in a sanitised world.

Adrian de León
3 min readNov 13, 2023

To a rational mind, smoking cigarettes is an idiotic, useless, nefarious, activity. Worst of all, it is counterintuitive — there is no health benefit, and in a world where health and regulation primes, it has social-exclusionary tendencies. From a white stick with a brown interior, it burns into a stick of grey ash that crumbles onto clothes, nestles under your nails, and if you give it enough time, will stain your teeth. If after smoking you walk into a crowded room of individuals free from addiction or proclivity to cigarettes, you will announce your entrance with a…

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