Hi there all, I'm creating a main character for a fantasy novel, and as you can see, he will be somewhere between 10-12 years of age. It begins in the real world, and then he and his best friend are slowly brought into this new world. He's suffering from verbal and physical abuse from school bullies, and possibly sexual abuse from somewhere else, but I haven't decided if I will incorporate this element yet, as this is the early stages of creation. What I'm wondering is two things: 1.) Would what he's suffering from be enough to get him smoking cigarettes? I'm pretty sure it would, but I just wanted to check. He might also smoke from severe peer pressure from the bullies; I haven't decided yet. 2.) Would a boy at this age be believable as a smoker? I would be building his character before he enters the fantasy world, and I know anything can be done if done well, but what about in general? After everything he's been through? Also, just to let everyone know, this is an adult fantasy novel. Thanks.