This song likens a toxic relationship to addictive habits like smoking or alcohol. "I was writing with a girl named Laura Veltz, who's an awesome writer, and I was like, 'What's the coolest song you've written in the last year?'" Bannen recalled to Taste of Country
. "And she was like, 'Oh, it's called 'Smoke When I Drink.'"
"The track is really edgy and fun, and the imagery of that metaphor, like, 'Baby you're a cigarette straight to my head,' or 'Alcohol and nicotine, that's you and me' — I really loved the writing on it," she added. "You know, a lot of habits are bad for us, and we say yes to them when we should say no. But we do them anyway!"