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What You Should Know / August 25, 2011 -- Teenagers don't smoke out of ignorance, but, rather, out of an admirable anti-authoritarianism. When I began smoking regularly at age fifteen, I had already been exposed to a decade of intense anti-smoking propaganda in suburban public schools and knew full well the health dangers of my new pastime. But bravely, heroically even, I scoffed in the face of those dangers and chose to partake in one of life's great joys: the inhalation of toxic chemicals into my tender pink lungs, for no greater purpose than my own leisure and the cultivation of my self-image.

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