Thanks for the encouraging words, CF.
Whether a non-smoking partner would be accepting of my pastime is not that big of an issue for me since I'm actively looking to date other smokers. While you shouldn't dismiss others based on one characteristic, I can't help but feel that it is a major part of my sexuality and that a relationship with someone who doesn't want to share that pleasure would not blossom well.
There are other issues, too, pertaining my own gender identity and the ways in which smoking plays into that dynamic. That may be good material for a separate thread once I tie up some loose ends in understanding myself.
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