Smoking Is Glamorous

When Smoking Is Glamorous, it is portrayed as something stylish, or even sexy. It's something The Beautiful Elite do.

Of course this was prevalent in old Hollywood, when Everybody Smokes, and since the actors were glamorous, it made smoking look so. The main use today is The Vamp in a Film Noir movie smoking in a seductive manner.

Today, it's largely a Discredited Trope, with some exceptions.

This trope is often the basis of temptation for Sitcom teenagers to try/think about/start smoking. Peer pressure wouldn't work if the kids doing the pressuring didn't look cool or "glamorous", right? Usually a Very Special Episode, coupled with an Anvilicious lesson about the dangers of the tobacco habit.

Compare Smoking Is Cool (smoking as an indicator of a badass), Smoking Hot Sex, Wine Is Classy.


Examples:

Advertising

Anime and Manga
  • Yuko of XXX Holic.
  • Shown in the One Piece manga (but not the anime) is that this was the main reason Sanji took up smoking at the age of nine. To be more cool and adult-like.
    • Hilariously enough, his mentor, Zeff, warned him it would kill his tastebuds. In the manga, anyway.
    • YMMV with Smoker, who smokes three cigarettes at once. Not that he needs to, cause apparently he breathes smoke regardless, making it a rather pointless endeavor.

Comic Books
  • In her first appearance in the Dazzler comic, Thor villainess Amora makes a grand entrance in a toned-down version of her classic costume, high-heel boots, and smoking a cigarette in a medium-length holder. The glamor aspect is played up as she poses and preens and exhales a deliberate stream of smoke, all while a nightclub owner practically drools over her while exclaiming that she is the most gorgeous woman he's ever seen.
  • Millie the Model had a cover of Millie getting ready to do a huge marketing campaign for a cigarette company, and she then remembered she didn't smoke.
  • During Knightfall, Catwoman was partnered up with a man named Leopold, who would think of this trope, while Selena would get on his case for smoking, telling him it would kill him. After a romp in Santa Prisca, the two confront Bane, who was put away by AzBats, and when Leopold starts to smoke again, Bane grabs him and breaks his neck.
  • Buck Danny: The suave villainess Lady X smokes through a classy cigarette holder.
  • Terry and the Pirates: The Dragon Lady in this comic strip smokes through a cigarette holder, making her appear classy.

FanFic
  • In the Buffy/Stargate crossover fic All Your Base Are Belong To Her, Dawn smokes occasionally, and invokes this trope as justification for it. She goes so far as to blame sexy badgirl Faith as the one who acted as a bad rolemodel to an impressionable young Dawn, by looking entirely too hot while smoking cigarettes.

Film
  • Marlene Dietrich, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, James Dean, Rita Hayworth, Bette Davis, Sean Connery, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Audrey Hepburn are the most iconic glamorous smokers of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Whenever a Shout-Out is provided to glamorous smoking in old movies, it's bound to be to one of them.
  • Nicole Eggert in Blown Away is perhaps too young to carry off a convincing Femme Fatale role (though she tries), but her beauty is undeniable, and she easily fulfills this trope in her several smoking scenes.
  • Kristian Alfonso in Army of One has a scene where she smokes, and her supermodel looks are showcased throughout the film.
  • The gorgeous Severine, from the James Bond film Skyfall, smokes throughout her first scene, where she meets Bond in her club/casino in Macau. This is both a callback to the smoky Bond films of old, and also serves to highlight Severine's exotic and dangerous nature.
  • In The Specialist, Sharon Stone smokes constantly, and though it is often used to show the character's vulnerability, in several other scenes it is portrayed as being elegant, sophisticated, and intensely sensual/sexual.
  • Holly's cigarette stick in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Ironically, this was supposed to be an affectation that Holly assumes to cover her insecurity. It backfired. Audiences didn't get it, probably at least in part because of the choice of Audrey Hepburn for the role.
  • In Thoroughly Modern Millie our heroine sees some Chinese prostitutes doing this, and attempts to mimic in an effort to blend in. Too bad she stinks at it.
  • Sadie Thompson includes a scene where Sgt. O'Hara gives Sadie a cigarette and, after she puts it in her mouth, lights it with the one he's smoking. It plays much like a kiss.
  • In the beginning of The Scribbler, police psychiatrist Silk (Eliza Dushku) arrives at a crime scene and promptly lights up while surveying the damage. The cigarette - along with her stylish clothes, perfect coif, and red lipstick - makes her look more like a Film Noir Femme Fatale than a police officer OR a shrink.
  • Lampshaded in Manhattan, when Woody Allen's character lights up a cigarette on a date and his girlfriend points out that he doesn't smoke. He acknowledges this: "I don't inhale, because it gives you cancer. But I look so incredibly handsome with a cigarette that I can't not hold one."

Literature
  • Adora Belle Dearhart from the Discworld series. Moist finds himself quite attracted to what she does with a cigarette. (Others smoke, of course. But the smoking isn't seen the same way.)
  • The Princess Lylia smuggles fine cigars, wine, and pornography to her favorite cousin Cullen in A Brother's Price. He happily decides to share all of the above to Jerin, who's a bit stunned by all the luxuries of palace living.

Live-Action TV
  • Full House Stephanie was in the bathroom with some other girls who were smoking and she thought it looked cool. She ultimately resisted though.
  • Rutland Weekend Television did it with the visuals that went along with Neil Innes' song 'Slaves of Freedom', with a bunch of people revelling in decadence, complete with David Battley getting a drag of a cigarette from a lightly-clad (read: Stripperific) woman.
  • In The Thick of It, Terri tries to invoke this when flirting with Peter Mannion, even though it's a Discredited Trope. Unfortunately for her, she's so inept, he doesn't notice. This is not surprising as Terri is inept at everything.
  • Subverted on Will and Grace when Grace tries to invoke the trope to seduce one of her boyfriends. She takes a puff, says "Wanna F--" and breaks up into a severe hacking fit. The third time she does this, he asks why she's smoking and she says "Because it's sexy."

Theatre

Western Animation
  • Zig Zagged by South Park. The boys took up smoking not because it was cool, but because a school assembly did an excellent job of making not smoking look extremely uncool.
    • The end had sort of an Aesop that, while smoking may or may not be cool, you shouldn't judge people for smoking, nor should you ban it, but simply leave them be.
  • The Simpsons where Lisa joins a ballet class and they all smoke.
  • The Pink Panther was known to smoke with a classy cigarette holder in his earlier shorts, though this trait was understandably dropped as the character was retooled over the decades to be more popular with children.