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A long while ago I happened upon a trivia website that mentioned there's a word related to the act of smoking being attractive -- either that smoking is becoming of a certain person, or that a certain person finds smoking inherently attractive, I can't remember which.

I've lost the word and have been unable to find it in my searches. I'm beginning to doubt the original veracity of the claim that such a word is in official usage!

Anyone know the word I have in mind?

I'll include two possible sample sentences since it could be one of two distinct meanings:

Possible Meaning 1

He's not much of a looker, but he sure is _____. When he packs his Camels and puffs away, I'm transfixed.

Possible Meaning 2

Though he never partook himself, he was a _____ and always wound up with tobacco fiends for partners.

Or some minor variations (part-of-speech changes, e.g.) thereof.

  • Wiktionary suggests that tobaccophile is, or has become, a "real word". It would fit in your second sentence, but not your first, so it's clearly not the one you are looking for. (Also, I have that tip-of-my-tongue feeling that I know which word you want, but it refuses to emerge.) – torek Jun 12 '16 at 23:35
  • @torek I've clarified the question a bit. I'm not after a multipurpose word -- it's just that my recollection is vague enough that I only am sure it was related to smoking and physical attraction. The word wasn't tobaccophile, but that could certainly work as a proxy. – MichaelChirico Jun 12 '16 at 23:38
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    This is not the word I am also now seeking, but ... see capnolagnia. – torek Jun 12 '16 at 23:42
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    Well, smoking is itself slang for attractive. – jxh Jun 13 '16 at 18:33
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I think what you are grasping for is

allure or alluring.

For example,

He's not much of a looker, but he sure is alluring. When he packs his Camels and puffs away, I'm transfixed.

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