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So I'm doing a small scene in my acting class, and I have to smoke.

aaaand being the good D.A.R.E. kid that I am, I've never gone anywhere near cigarettes.
Yay for fumbling my cig around and then dropping it on my foot.
Anyone know of any tutorials for how to smoke?
I'm interested in the mannerisms and habbits of smokers.
So that it looks like you've been doing it for a long time.

What sort of differences in behaviours are there? Nervous smoking to calm down vs having a relaxing smoke after dinner.
Do right-handed people generally smoke with their dominant hand? How long do you go between inhales?

DON'T DO DRUGS, KIDS!

EDIT: also my practice cigarette for right now is just a tightly rolled up piece of paper taped together.

UPDATE: My scene went over just fine! I used a rolled up piece of paper for my "cigarette".

I practiced taking it habitually out of my pocket and fake-lighting it. And getting comfortable fiddling something around in my hand and my mouth with my lines. I also practiced feeling relaxed and satisfied after taking the first drag. My acting teacher said I did really well playing attention to small details. They're what really make a scene.

Thanks for all your help and replies, I found them all very useful!
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rottenstarboy Featured By Owner Edited Jul 6, 2014  Student General Artist
I don't know if this is too late, but I've been a smoker for a long while and am pretty practiced in 'exaggerated type behaviors' (I'm also genderqueer, so I don't fall under masculine OR feminine traits, meaning anyone could pick up my habits or motions without it looking forced/gender-specific), so if you like, I could certainly throw together a video tutorial on basic, smoking stereotypes and motions.

EDIT: woop, jumped the gun. Oh well, offer is still on the table (for anyone), if it would ever be handy. ^^;
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Haylau Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They have these electric cigarettes that have flavor to them, I usually see them at gas stations. They're supposed to be for people who want to quit, and they created a vapor smoke like real cigarettes do :3 
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Static-Foil Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so happy to know you didn't sacrifice your morals for this scene. the small attention to details really is what makes it count and you've done wonderfully.

You are ttruly an actress. To do something against wihout doing it while maintaining the essence . . . . . Brilliant <3
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Well, they also make really convincing props nowadays. Theatrical props are a whole world of their own.
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81Scorp Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist
Glad to hear it went well. :) :hug:
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Thanks!
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BaneNascent Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
My grandma smoked for years but she wasn't the kind of smoker that did tricks with the smoke like rings etc. She was more of a social smoker and it carried over into her private life. When she did smoke she never inhaled it deeply so she was called the non smoker, smoker. The behavior became apart of a memory of social activity more then the desire to smoke it was what it used to represent. 

 I think the mentality of the smoker depends on why they smoke, some people get hooked and smoke for the sake of it. Other smokers I've talked to had a form of anxiety and had to do something with their hands or keep busy even when standing still. Chemicals are addicting and many did it for a sense of relief, I guess for the sake of acting the cig itself isn't as important as the mood and purpose around it. If the person needs a cig to calm down or if it's just a representation of rebellion.
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ShimizudaniOki Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Student Writer
Did you know they make tobacco/nicotine free cigarettes for acting??
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
They do! Sometimes they're even filled with things like dried lettuce.
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Jarsalia Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you can´t say that there is the typical behaviour of a smoker. the moment you smoke is important. how long have the smoker don´t have a cigarette? is he alone or chatting while smoking? is it because of the lack of nicotine? then he is shurely smoking faster. gets nervous if the lighter don´t work. he´s inhaling deeper and holding the smoke longer.
when it´s because of the social aspect (cigaretts in breaks at work, when going out with friends, after dinner, in the moring to the coffee etc.) then he is holding the cigarette and sometimes take a long inhale, but with bigger breaks. talking, drinking between. sometimes the cigarette is burning dow while talking. sometimes you forget it a the ashtray.
but much people light one after the other.
most people hold the cigarette between middlefinger and pointer, the upper fingerparts, the cigarette at the end of the filter and mostly with the main hand. only if you need the main hand for more important things like a glas or umbrella or something like that, you take the other hand. its no problem holding it the other hand, but feels a bit unomfortable an unnatural. but in the case both hands are needed, it´s no problem using the main hand for other things.

i hope i could help a bit. if you got concrete questions, ask.:)
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Erykkr Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Professional
Have you considered smoking a few to get a feel for it?
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Heh, not an option, unfortunately. I don't have the money or desire. :P
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takkless Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I best tip I can give that I note as a mistake in tv and movies, is do not hold the cigarette with your fingers while lighting it. A smoker has enough control with their lips to put that tip wherever in the flame they need or want. There's no need to steady it with your other hand while striking the lighter with the other. If anything, that second hand should be cupping around the lighter to keep away any errant breezes that may extinguish it.

That first drag off the light cigarette is the one you've been looking for. That's the one to savor. It's the one that feeds that craving that made you pull the cigarette out in the first place. All others are just maintaining. That fist  one is the one you hold in just a little bit longer...

Take a drag when you feel the need, but not so often that you don't get a breath of fresh air between. Smokers don't wanna waste the cigarette, but they like to actually breathe too.

I used to play with the tip occasionally. Rolling it against the inside of the ashtray to sharpen the ash on the end. Tap it straight down then to blunt it again. Then take a drag.

Also, conversation and drinking leads to smoking more. I was a pack a day smoker back when I was smoking. But I could easily jump that to two in a day if I was sitting around chatting with friends, especially if there was drink involved. Anything that would sooth my throat as I was smoking.
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keixell Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
As a former smoker, I can tell you that I am very glad that you are faking it, cause smoking is nasty and gross and smelly and it was a pain in the rear to quit, and BLEEEAACCCHHHH.

That being said, the mannerisms vary from person to person, character to character. Is your character jaded? Posh? Girly? Tough? Why is she smoking in the first place? Answer these questions (and dozens more) first, to give yourself as much information about the character as you can. Do this before you even approach her mannerisms, because once you know a lot about her, her mannerisms will come more naturally.

The time frame of the story, when it takes place, is important as well. If the story is set in the 1920s or 30s, studying old film noirs is a good idea, but if the play is set in the 1970s, study films from that era. If the play is set in the 1990s, watch films from that era, and so on. There is a distinct difference.

And finally, once you have done all your homework, and studied and so on and know what your character's mannerisms are: do them, *repeatedly.* Smokers are completely unconscious of all those little ticks and tremors. They don't realize they are twirling the cigarette, or flicking it, or even bringing it to their mouth. They don't think about how they pack the box or pull out the smoke, they don't generally even look at it, not even when they light it. Some people pack, open, remove and light all in one fluid motion with one hand. Some people use both.

The only kind of smoker (that I know of, or ever had experiences with) that looked at their cigarette, *really* looked, as if contemplating its very existence, was a smoker that still felt surreptitiously guilty about the act of smoking (or was considering quitting and was in the process of developing shame for the act). People who have been smoking for a *very* long time (and these people tend to be pretty cynical about life and the world in general, not sure why it correlates) exhale through their nose. Which is a wholly unpleasant experience unless you have been smoking for a long, *long* time.

I really hope all this helps!
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PrimaGaren Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
whatever you do NOT hold it with 3 fingers, (2 on top, one on bottom) method. its a cigarette not a blunt. cigg smokers only use 2 fingers ever to hold one and thumb to tap with. Tordaki is right tho, all the older movies show the correct way to "smoke". best way to learn is to watch (downwind) of actual smokers. when i smoked it was always with it in my left hand (im dom-left), never felt correct in the right. most long time smokers can hold a cigg and perform all other dominate hand functions without ever letting it go or using the mouth hold option. practice keeping your hand relaxed so it falls in a natural curled position, the filter end should never be more than a breath away from the thumb for quick ash flicking when at rest. 
hope this helps, and break a leg!
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Tordaki Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student Photographer
Try any old movie from the 50s
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Michael-Ellis Featured By Owner Edited Jun 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
If you have to use a real cigarette:

With the cigarette away from your face, inhale through your nose and hold your breath. Put the cigarette in your mouth, suck in WITH THE MOUTH ONLY (like you're trying to suck a thick milkshake through a straw). Hold the smoke in your mouth and fully exhale the breath you've been holding. The effect should look like you're breathing the smoke out but it never made it to your lungs.

As for the habits and behaviors, I'd say just do some observations of smokers in real life. From a distance all sneaky-like.
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ninjassinwolf Featured By Owner Edited Jun 22, 2014  Student General Artist
you could always use the E cigarettes. they look like smoke and all that but dont smell awful. and less dangerous. i believe you can buy them at walmart now, or even in gas stations. i have no idea what a good brand is. however i dont think that they make your mouth as dry so i have heard from my smoker friend. *shrugs* I know what you mean about 'not knowing how to smoke' XD everyone has different habits, some put it on the tip of their thumb and forefinger and smoke like they are eating a sucker, others put it in between their forefinger and middle finger and act like they are blowing a kiss to people. some just hang it from their mouth and do their work. others actually just light it and put it in the ash tray out of habit. (my gma does that.... shes old and sometimes i dont think she remembers lighting one. or as i said she just does it out of habit. i dont know.) 

All of it depends on how you smoke, if you are a chain smoker, probably ever 10 mins. if you are a light smoker, maybe once or twice a day. and probably dominant hand will usually use it, however with everything in life im sure the other hand will use it some times to depending if the dominant hand is busy or not. If its a nervous smoke you are probably all hyped up and keep puffing on it, if you are relaxing then you are just chill  and puffing it every so often like you dont have a care in the world. 

i know i seem to know a lot about all of it, i dont smoke, but i have been around a LOT of people who have. and im sure there are even MORE habits out there then just what i have said.
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cptstarlight Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVnrEh… Also, here's some music to put you in the right attitude for the pent-up, nervous, or unsatisfied smoker.
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cptstarlight Featured By Owner Edited Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've been a pipe-smoker (tobacco, I assure you) for a few years now, and occasionally dabble in cigars and specialty cigarettes. I find that it all comes down to how you hold it and how you breathe. Nervous people tend to take quicker, shorter puffs and breaths, and they raise and lower the cigarette to and from their mouths a lot. People who do it casually just let it sit in either their mouth or their hand, and tend to take it slow. I find that when people are finally having that smoke they've been craving all day, they take it long and slow, and inhale and exhale deeply, especially with eyes closed or lowered.
Also, here's a pretty cool trick from the good old days of film noir- The more visible smoke there is in a scene, the more emotion, conflict, or thought is going in inside that character. There's not much reason for this, but it's been adopted by cinema pretty completely.
As for the cigarettes themselves, there is such a thing as stage cigarettes that blow dust out instead of smoke, and you don't inhale a thing. Completely safe, very convincing, and no odor!
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MightBeWrong Featured By Owner Edited Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Christ, so many of the people here sound like sixth graders straight out of health class. Yeah, it's a shitty habit to pick up but a few cigarettes will not make you into an addict. I smoke a couple a month when I go out and I've never felt a 'craving' or felt any need to smoke otherwise. You guys sound like fucking idiots.

As for how to make it look natural, just watch people in movies, I'd say. A real smoker's going to treat it like a functional thing, not a showy thing, so don't overthink what you're doing, don't look at it constantly, don't hold it stiffly, flick the end to shake the ash off once in a while, etc.
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ale-xander Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
zippystumps definitely has the best mindset in this whole thread. Getting addicted to cigarettes will only work if you are looking for an outlet, which you aren't. I've smoked a few times and have felt no need to do it on a more permanent basis.

Grab an ecig, they are cheap, and have at a few experiments on how to hold and smoke it. Most people don't pull the smoke down into their lungs, as it burns rather uncomfortably. Instead, they do a sort of pumping motion to allow it to enter into their mouth and just sit around for a little, releasing around half into their lungs before expelling the rest.

The best way to find out is to find a circle of friends who smoke, or just make a couple by opening up conversation in an area where smokers congregate. Secondhand smoke won't kill you from just a few trials and there is so little nicotine in ecigs, the possibility of you becoming addicted is nil. 

Marijuana is where you would want as much of the smoke to enter your lungs as possible. The action of puffing on a normal cigarette is, generally, enough to take the edge off.

p.s. People who smoke nervously look very much like any other smoker. You only see the twitches if they are trying to do it quickly or its cold as fuck outside and they are trying to get back in before they freeze something off.
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Rolytic Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Use an e-cigarette with no nicotine and a red LED?
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lycheex3 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
If it helps you, these are different types of holding cigarettes and what it could propably say about the person holding it. :)

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Lady-Lumiya Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist
I do not smoke myself but both my parents did (one still does) a lot as well many ppl where i live smoke.
From what i have noticed people smoke out of the need or addiction, they reach for their smoke almost routinely after eating dinner or with their coffee, seemingly without thinking about what they are doing, it's like a reflex, they know exactly where the are and it's always an easy to reach place (from what i have seen a front shirt pocket for men and in a specific area of a handbag for women)
Most  i have observed, after lighting the cigaret they do "calm down" in a sense that the relief you feel when scratching an itch, it feels satisfying, they lean back in their chair if they are sitting or in general get more comfortable. These types smoke more slowly, almost like enjoying it, as they talk they take long inhales of it and keep it in for a while, i have seen people inhale, talk for a while and then slowly blow out the smoke! In general they look very comfortable, the way they hold the cigarette is very natural and doesn't look awkward. Most if not all smokers do hold the cigarette with their dominant hand and most hold it in the "classical" way in between the index and middle finger as this still leaves the thumb free to hold things and continue doing what they are doing in your case drinking wine(?)  and they hold it very lightly, some times it does tilt low and they just adjust it with their thumb before taking it to their mouth.
I have also seen nervous smokers who do it to calm down, they usually take faster inhales, they do seem to continue frigiditing or pacing while smoking and don't have a relaxed face, they don't seem to do it out of routine and more out of desperate need to calm down, these have a more firmer grip onto the cigarette.
Almost all smokers (except from the occasional a**)do their best not to blow the smoke in your face, they either turn their head out the window / in opposite direction when they will blow out the smoke or when they can't do this they (lol how to explain) basically blow it out sideways by twisting their mouth a bit to direct the smoke that way.
I only have seen a few chain smokers who continuously have a lit cigarette in their mouth, they put in the corner of their mouth and hardly touch it with their hands, and only touch it is when they light a new one with the old one.
These are just some generalizations of different "types" of smokers i have personally seen so i can't say all fit in either of these groups etc
Hope It is helpful to you in some way or another
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Jutchy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
May be check out old-ish movies. they always smoke in them... perhaps pulp fiction?
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EricThomasStudios Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Surprisingly, there aren't tutorials that I can find for it. The best way would probably be watching videos of of smokers, or just paying attention to smokers you know.

One tip is that the cigarette tends to just stay hanging from the corner of the mouth, with the other side partially open so they can smoke and breathe the smoke out, or talk, at the same time without much effort. The only difference between nervous and relaxed smoking I've noticed growing up with chain-smokers is that nervous smoking tends to drain the cigarette faster, and it tends to get puled out of the mouth more frequently.

This is a not-so-great movie, but this is the first example I thought of. There are two good references for it in the video. Between 0:37 to 0:46  and 1:17-1:21. www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9WSns…
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Alma-de-Gato Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Student General Artist
I just hope you won't have to speak right after inhaling all that smoke in case you can't get an e-cigarette, or even exhaling through the nostrils.
In any case, another detail to keep in mind is what you do to the smoke, if you'll be playing someone that cares at least enough to exhale up instead of in people's faces.
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
In my scene I'm supposed to be regaling a harrowing story to a friend over a glass of wine and a cigarette (yay, way too many props)
She's supposed to be cosmopolitan and worldly.
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SkullsAndStripes Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
How you hold the cigarette is a very important thing to keep in mind character wise. There is a whole psychology around cigarette holding.

www.buzzfeed.com/whitneyjeffer…

Try that to get some ideas on what feels right for the character

Then there is how to ash your cigarette, www.wikihow.com/Ash-Your-Cigar… , different ways for different people. 

I am not personally a smoker (but I am an actor so I understand your plight), but I live with many people who do/have smoked in their lives so safe to say I've been exposed to it since birth. I find that when people are agitated they tend to wanna light the damn thing as fast as possible and tag a big long drag. More relaxed smoking tends to just be like you're not smoking at all, just with the difference of having a cigarette in your hand and occasionally puffing on it at random intervals. Try to imagine your body is in NEED of that nicotine and it is basically a reflex to puff on that cig, not a choice. I find youtube is also a good place to research different smoking tutorials and mannerisms and things like "how to light a cigarette" youtube really has it all. I hope this has helped.
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Try-and-again Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
For mash-ups of a bunch of smoking scenes in older movies:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTZs0P…  or  www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXWe9n…

But really it depends on who/what you're trying to portray; so I'm not sure how helpful these will be. 

I have noticed that first cigarettes, the ones smokers' have right when they wake up, is usually fast, to the point and usually in bed, while day and night smoke breaks tend to be more leisurely if the time is allowed.

Best of luck with your research and part.  :)
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TrinityMathews Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Get e-cigarettes with no nicotine
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dalanless Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Memorize where you keep the pack and reach for it seemingly subconsciously.  Smokers expect the relief of a cigarette before it even starts affecting them chemically, and the fidgeting stops as you focussing on smoking, like lying down after a workout.  You might even stop paying attention to what's around you for this moment.  If you breathe in air before inhaling through the cigarette, you won't cough.  Inhale as often as you would hard alcohol, meaning it really strongly depends on the character.
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te-ammo Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, you can actually smoke without inhaling all the way down to your lungs. You'll still get smoke in your mouth, and it out and such, and it's quite simple: Just suck in a little, but not too deep. You might have to "hold the smoke" in your mouth longer though, but it'll work. Also beware, when you start to smoke you might become dizzy and feeling high. In the start I couldn't walk in a straight line because I got nicotine high. You might also feel sick etc. and you don't want that when you're on stage!

Nervous smoking: Fast
Relaxing: Taking good time

There are different ways of holding a cigarette, I actually think you can Google "holding cigarette" and it'll show up.

Good luck!
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Aryiea Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Just a note, I would really avoid smoking a real cigarette if you can. I have many friends who got addicted after just one. Otherwise I can't help because I don't smoke xD share what you learn if you want, though, please! I'm really interested!
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Ravenwolf89 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the time between inhales really depends on if you are a casual smoker, smoking because of stress, or a chain smoker. Chain smokers can go through 5+ cigarettes in a short period of time by just smoking a cig until there is less than half an inch left and starting up another one immediately. You also hold it with the upper part of your fingers... not at the base in the little groove like some people think.... I never got addicted enough to do it "properly" when I smoked as a teen since I never really smoked much... just a puff here or there. But my mom is a long time smoker. She kind of has her fingers bent like they naturally curl... sometimes straightens them out all the way if she's holding her cig tightly while "talking with her hands". They also do generally hold their cig with their dominate hand. I know when it's smaller people tend to pinch it with their index and thumb to take a last puff before dropping it/flicking it on the ground/etc. and stomping on it or twisting the toe of a shoe on the top of it to put it out. I never mastered the inhale technique... just kept the smoke in my mouth so I dont know much about that. I know it hurt a lot when I first started smoking and tried to inhale though. There is a lot that goes into getting down the breathing process while inhaling/smoking in general. It would probably be best if you watched someone smoke and looked at their chest movements/inhaling while they are smoking.
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ChickenBiscuitJr Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Student General Artist
There are hooka e-cigs, but you know what, never mind.  There aren't too many mannerisms involved with smoking.  I started smoking a few years ago and the first thing is to remember to inhale through your nose after taking a drag.  Never have the cig too far from your person, never put it to your side and to mostly keep it in front of you.  Also, keeping the cig between your index and middle finger is rather the norm.  And when speaking after taking the drag, you don't have to make it look like you're waiting for all the smoke to come out of your mouth.  And if you laugh while taking the drag, make sure you look like you're coughing a bit.  It actually hurts the throat a lot.  I hope this helps with your performance.
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photorip Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Watch some Humphrey Bogart's movies. Like "Casablanca", he lights up in almost every scene.
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had a part like that once....and just didn't light the darn thing.  But I went through all the rituals involved.  tapping the pack.  Choosing the cig....even lighting the match.  Then I would shift it from hand to hand....never really putting it in my hand....take a sip of coffee...tap off some imaginary ash into the ash tray.....Good luck my friend.  You will have a blast!
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Secretsofaphrodites Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ok I see that you've got more than enough to perplex you for a while, but still I want to give my 10 year experience.
First to lit the cigarette. You hold it in your mouth, face downward, dominant hand does the lighting and the other screens from the wind. A good smoker usually won't need to 
flick the lighter more than once.
Holding the cigarette: Any hand will do, as long as it moves less than the other and doesn't impede any work. If you have to use both hands momentarily
you can hold it in your mouth, but never for too long. The smoke tends to sting the eyes. Talking while holding a lit cigarette in your mouth looks very cool, but nobody actualy does it.
The hand holding the cigarette has to look natural, like when you twirl a pencil between the fingers. The two fingers used to hold the cigarette (index and middle, or middle and ring if you're extravagant) kinda curve around the face and the mouth when you smoke, sort of like holding your chin while in deep reflexion.
A cigarette lasts for about 4 to 6 minutes, during which you will need to shake the ash off around 4 to 5 times, but most smokers tend to flick the ashes after every inhale. This is usually done with two gentle taps of the index finger, or the cigarette against the ashtray.
The rythm is marked by the interpretation of the scene. Relaxed smoking tends to leave the cigarette burning for two or three long breaths (if you are doing nothing but smoke) and anxious smokers will suck for longer, and have shorter breaks. This is where the acting can do the most to set the ambient. Play around :) 
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Spontainy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Student Interface Designer
A little addition to what guilleelbardo said:

Personally whenever I smoked I had a habit of trying to flick the ash too often when smoking, so before I would lift it to my mouth I would flick down on the filter end with my thumb to knock loose ash away. This would be more relevant if your character is in an outside setting as to it doesn't really use to an ash tray.
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The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
I'd suggest straying past the designated smoking areas outside businesses and restaurants and watching the types of people and how they smoke.  depending on what kind of character you're playing, there might be different types of manners and techniques...

 "the outdoors-man/exterior worker/homeless guy" for example often has a habit of holding the cigarette so that the same hand shelters it from wind and rain.  The European holds the cigarette at the base of the fingers, near the palm, unless it's one of those weird ultra-thin ones that needs to be held with the fingertips, like a joint.  "The fretter" holds it between the tips of the pointer finger and thumb, taking constant puffs and gesturing with it.  "the thoughtful guy" taking time holds it between the first two fingers, halfway and pauses between drags.  Then there's the business of acting smoking... the lighting up mannerisms, the flicking of ash off the smoke and the difference between filtered and tough-guy unfiltered - take for example the "Leper with the most fingers" line by Jack Nicholson here... www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_yDQi… (2:51)  That little spit/exhale?  It's because old unfiltereds often left bits of tobacco on your tongue...  (Please excuse the male bias in the observations... I never really payed attention to how women smoked...)

Finally there's Micheal Caine's advice: "If you’re going to smoke on-screen, you must plan it absolutely perfectly, don’t mess up the continuity."


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m-AliceM Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Adding to what's already been advised - inhales are shorter than exhales, unless you're playing around. Oh, and don't look at the cigarette too much.

Good luck with your role!
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Yorulla Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OHYEAH and dont smoke near people who have ahstma. (spelling?)
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Yorulla Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I highly suggest on getting an electronic cigarette, the paper roll smoking is actually way more dangerous than actual cigarette (SURE. cigarettes are bad too. I should know since I smoke them myself.. :'D )

You use that hand to smoke that you see fit or can smoke with at the moment. I'm a right handed person so I smoke with that quite often, but if I need to carry something or clean car windows from ice I smoke with my left hand so I can use my right hand for other things.
Stress-smoking, nervous smoking, relaxing smoking, morning cigarette-smoking, "good night"-cigarette-smoking, a cigarette before work starts-smoking, break cigarette... etc. there's a few different reasons for a smoker to smoke for their own moments.
...smoker mannerism? hmm...
PUT OUT THAT CIGARETTE GOOD!!
DONT SMOKE NEAR GRASS NOR FORESTS OR ANYTHING ELSE INFLAMABLE!!
PUT CIGARETTE "STAMP" ON IT'S RIGHT SPOT, NOT IN THE TRASH CAN!!
DONT SMOKE WHERE IT'S FORBIDDEN TO SMOKE!!
IF ANOTHER SMOKER ASKS FOR A LIGHTER AND YOU HAVE ONE: LIGHT THEIR CIGARETTE FOR THEM!!
DONT BLOW SMOKE IN SOMEONE'S FACE NOR ANNOY OTHERS WITH IT IN ANY WAY!!
RESPECT THOSE WHO DONT LIKE SMOKING, PUT OUT YOUR CIGARETTE IF IT'S STARTS TO BOTHER SOMEONE TOO MUCH!!
HAVE YOUR OWN CIGARETTES, DONT GO BEGGING!! OTHER PEOPLE USUALLY DONT LIKE IT WHEN YOU BEG THEM TO GIVE YOU THEIR'S!!
AAAAND yadda yadda yadda yadda those are the most important manners.

but for a play..........? just learn how to smoke it without coughing, I guess. and try to stay "natural".
but yeah, I dont still like it that you need to smoke for a play... o_o
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Paper (traditional) may be more dangerous, but the dose in an E-Cig is HUGE in comparison.. scary how that could be seen as the better alternative and be more addictive.
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Yorulla Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
not all E-Cigs have nicotine "bullets", actually. ya just need to make sure when you buy them that they dont have it. Some work better for some people, some work less....
but I'm pretty sure that people were meant her to get the non-nicotine ones. No one's that stupid to suggest the "actual" thing in this cases.. :P


But yeah, for me E-Cigs dont work at all. non-nicotine nor heavy-nicotine. I get such huuuuuuuuuge migraines from them too... >______< AUGH!!
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was going on the assumption noone wanted her to use the ones with Nocotine :D.

Just that from the perspective of working for a tobacco company I found it interesting the dose is higher and the sudden rush to push them to market with.. questionable testing hehe.
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Yorulla Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, the dose is indeed very high in them.
Someone once said that the doses are high on purpose. one reason was so you cant "smoke so much" at a time or so. or that you wont need to smoke so often since they contain more nicotine than a regular cigarette.
The rush to the market? Just for the money I guess.
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