YOU BETCHA! I started smoking on the way to school when I was 13. It was a total thrill as it was something I could choose. Nothing else in my life was of my design. I had a friend who's mother smoked and she would steal a cigarette for all of us..(several JW's involved) The choke hold on our lives was so constraining, this was our only personal freedom.
I remember my younger brother saw me smoking and reported it to my mother ...had to be very early 70's... and when I got home and denied it, her response was "I don't care if you die, I am going to live forever!".....my cigarette consumption promptly increased 10 fold.
Little did I know it would become a life long problem. I quit in my early teens while pioneering and the obligatory babtizing scenerio went on. At age 15 I picked it up again. Quit again and started up when I was 18. Quit when I was pregnant with my 2 boys for over 6 years and picked it up again after they were born. I have been smoking ever since, about 20 years straight. Still get a secret thrill out of being a smoker and I quess it still feels as if I'm giving the WT the finger. Its the reason my mother has decided to shun me after 30 years, even after providing me with an ashtray outside of her home for 20 years.
Problem is I'm f...... my self. But due to programing believe I'm still going to die at armageddon before lung cancer.