Smoke Gets in Your Thighs

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Schwager says she has a friend who, in the moment of drawing smoke into her lungs, feels like she's being hugged. "Her hole is the feeling of lack of love," says Schwager. "Even a dim awareness of it causes anxiety, and she reaches for a cigarette. Literally, she tries to plug the hole up."

illustration: Nathan Fox

But nothing's forever. Even Taimie Hannum's smoking gig. "I think of quitting all the time, for my health, and for my boyfriends that don't smoke," she says. "But for now, I think I'll continue to show the wilder side."

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