Of course, this situation is entirely anecdotal (maybe my more advanced students preferred to smoke outside other classrooms, I dunno), but here’s my theory about why this happened: I think that these students, 18 years old and away from home for the first time, thought that smoking was simply what college students did, and so they would pose outside the classroom with their cancer sticks, trying to look like they weren’t only 3 months out of high school.
By the end of their first year, they figured out that nobody in college thought cigarettes were cool, and that, although lots of university students certainly do smoke, they don’t parade it around like it’s something to be proud of.
During sleepovers at each other's houses, they played songs by old heavy metal warhorses such as Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, and Van Halen.
Other influences would be the "thrash and drang" of the Bay Area's alternative music culture percolating throughout the eighties.
The reasons that smoking is more common among the poor are complicated and depressing.Look, if you’re a smoker, I’m not here to judge you.There are a lot of complicated reasons that people smoke, a big one being that nicotine is hella addictive, making it hard to stop even when you want to.Billie got his first electric guitar, the infamous "Blue" (a Fernandes Stratocaster), when he was 11.His mother bought the guitar from his first guitar teacher.Billie still uses Blue to this day and has several replicas of it.At the age of 10, Billie's father died of cancer of the esophagus which spread throughout his body.She drinks kale smoothies and does yoga, and she still sneaks off for a cigarette every time you hang out.And you’re not judging—this person (like all of the people on this list) has her own reasons for smoking, and she has the right to make decisions about her life and health—but you find it strange that she lights up, and you can tell that even she thinks it’s strange.He would go around to hospitals and sing to the patients to make them feel better.Then he got to record his first song, "Look for Love" at a local recording company named Fiat Records.