There was a pretty interesting article I read a few years ago about the smoking preferences of various revolutionaries. It said that Stalin did not actually smoke a pipe. Apparently that was a tactical move to make him look "fatherly" and in private he would chain-smoke cigarettes. It also said that Lenin was against smoking and would make a point of dramatically opening a window whenever someone lit up in his presence.
I started smoking when I got my first full time job doing sales and distribution for a fruit company. I come in at 3:30 am, load about 2 tons of fruit into a box truck, and the day driving around the state dropping the fruit off at different grocery stores. Sometimes I would have a 3 hour drive between drop-off locations. I would listen to audiobooks and chainsmoke to stay entertained.
When I went to college, there was something of a class divide between the kids that smoked and those that thought it was "yucky". I kept it up because the smoking areas where the only places I could bitch openly about the bourgeois fucks we went to school with and not offend anyone.
When I dropped out of school I got a job as a bottom painter at a boatyard. Smoking was my only excuse to take regular breaks, because my contract only allowed two 15 minute breaks per day, but my boss would sort of look the other way when people needed to smoke, I think because he understood nicotine withdrawals and didn't want us to literally seize the means of production (which would have been pretty fucking easy lmao, and very lucrative considering the cost of the equipment and boats we where working on).
I quit that job when I moved out of my moms place, and am now unemployed and doing day labor and odd jobs when I can find them. I don't have a good reason to keep smoking, but it is really hard to quit.