I'm a non-smoker that happens to enjoy the scent of cigarette smoke. The keys to keeping it pleasant are: 1) I am not the one smoking and 2) the smoking takes place outside (so I don't end up smelling like an ashtray).
It's always around winter that the scent is even more enthralling. Maybe it conjures memories of fun times at a bar in Paris a few winters ago, or Uncles smoking on the front porch during holiday parties or latent imagery from countless movies where characters brave the cold to light up - lost in thought or small talk with strangers.
All of which brings to mind the humble lighter. They're going the way of the handkerchief. It's a critical tool for any stylish person, with a multitude of uses! You never know when you're going to be called upon to set the mood with scented candles, survive with a warm fire or light the cigarette of an intriguing stranger. And I'm not talking about the cheap plastic ones you get at the liquor store, I'm talking a real lighter. One that you have to refill, one that has some weight when you put it in your pocket. Some thought starters:
I LOVE this minimalist design. So slim, it fits in a pack of cigarettes. I'm partial to gold, but it also comes in nickel, gunmetal and other colors.
You can't mess with a classic, and Zippo is a classic.
Or for a real conversation starter, artist Nick Potash hand engraves Zippos into functional art pieces that you can pass down to the next gen.