This sounds petty but I bitterly hated all the smokers at my art school for this reason specifically. They got to buddy up with the tutors by lending them smokes and form little catty groups outside whilst I was working indoors in empty silence during breaks. Years on and these cliques are still functioning as some old boys club, maybe I should have just taken up socially smoking but even being around it sets off my asthma.
Also smokers get extra time to think in conversations too, they can pause and take a drag whilst they think of the rest of the sentence and it seems socially acceptable in a way that you couldn't do with a drink or nothing in your hand. They can stand in the quiet smokers area in clubs, spark up conversations by pretending to borrow lighters and actually be able to hear each other. Not to mention it's aesthetic af, I'm always so jealous.
Health is really important to me though, and I'm genuinely pissed even if someone lights up in the same area as me. Apologizing doesn't make those stinky fumes any less toxic. Vaping has changed the game though, the units looks stupid and lack the sharing aspect, and it doesn't set me into coughing fits so I can stick around. It's probably giving everyone cancer but at least I don't know about it yet so I can bear to stand near my smoking friends.