Happened by making the leap of joining a group of people that seemed interesting that turned out more open than I expected and I fit in...rather well. Mostly just discovering things of the lewd variety, fetishes and sexuality and etc. Its kind of fascinating having the presence of mind to analyze it since I kept that stuff in some far back reach of my head.
I can't stand cigarettes but strangely there's a slightly comforting sensation when I smell the smoke...but I fucking hate the smell it leaves in things and I can't stand more than a little. Also what do you mean its not going in your lungs? Just how is it you smoke cigars?
I can only assume, but like any community of that sort there's going to be all sorts from tolerable to complete garbage. I've not visited 8ch much since I don't know what the "good" boards are.
My path is the same as its always been. I want to get in to IT, ultimately a desktop administration/sysadmin type job. Same field as you're taking though I wouldn't know what you'd be focusing on.