Quit If You Want, But You Will Always Be a Smoker

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Quit If You Want, But You Will Always Be a Smoker

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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t was behind a building, in a nondescript lane that was at least four lanes away from home, that I would smoke, looking over my shoulder, scanning the crowd, dreading that a familiar face would spot me. Smoking, as any young smoker will attest, is never about smoking. It is an adventure.

And we all know how this adventure unfolds. It starts with an attempt to appear cool, and goes on to take the shape of a rebellion. In the early days, smoking is about making a statement, then it becomes a social habit, progresses to become a personal one, only to develop into a full-blown addiction.

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