I am a smoker. [Update – I have pretty much stopped] About a year ago I remembered some funny lines from a comedian regarding smoking. Since then, I’ve been using these canned lines on women which incorporate my filthy habit into a good opening.
This works when I am sitting next to a woman at a bar or in a small group with a target of opportunity. It’s also excellent practice and a good confidence booster. When I’m going to go outside for a smoke I get my cigarettes in hand and turn to the woman sitting next to me…
Me: “Do you smoke?”
Her: “No, thank you.”
Me: “Do you… want to learn?”
If you’re going to use these lines, raise your eyebrows and ask completely innocently. Be sure to pause after you say “Do you”. That pause is critical because the “want to learn?” is the punchline and you want to deliver it with the correct timing. She will always laugh and appreciate the humor.
Her: “No, I really don’t smoke.” She’s laughing at this point.
Me: “Come on, all the cool kids are doing it.”
Her (laughing still): “No…”
Me (as I’m turning to leave): “Chicken” or “Well, it’s always polite to offer”
Now I go out to smoke. When I return, she’s usually waiting for me and I’ve opened her for a continuing conversation.
There are a lot of dynamics going on with this very small verbal exchange. I usually come across as funny, confident, and a bit cocky.
On the rare chance she actually does smoke, I invite her out with me where I can continue the chat.
Feel free to use this. It’s been remarkably successful to start conversations with strangers.