No, not really. This was Spain, and there was (is) no element of danger of forbiddenness to smoking. A 12 year old could (can?) buy cigarettes unimpeded, 14-year-old high school students smoked openly on school grounds, and no institutional attempt was made to discourage them.
There was, however, an element of maturity, you were a big high school kid now, and you proved it by smoking. Danger was really not a part of it at all. And kids smoke a lot more than they do here.
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