Basically when smoking is portrayed as something stylish, or even sexy. Basically it's something The Beautiful Elite
Of course this was prevalent in old Hollywood, when Everybody Smokes
, and since the actors were glamorous, it made smoking look like so. Although the main association 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.