Neighborhood gossip is something that has always existed. I'm pretty sure we were cavemen talking crap about Grog's wife's nails from the next cave over. For some reason human beings love to start rumors and talk smack about other people.
Maybe it's because it helps us to delude ourselves from our own insecurities and failings as human beings? If we focus on what's wrong with others, perhaps that'll make us ultimately feel better about ourselves and delude us into thinking we're doing everything right?
So it's probably better for everyone involved to just mind their own business, right?
It turns out that her addiction to stogies was just an affinity for delicious taquitos.