Habits: The Cigarette Diet

Beep. Tucked into a smoker's pocket or handbag, the small "Bellboy" paging device sounds. The smoker immediately stops whatever he is doing and lights up, interrupting his meal or stepping from his shower. A Pavlovian response? Posthypnotic suggestion? No. The smoker is so anxious to give up cigarettes that he is strictly following one of the newest and most unusual of the proliferating antismoking regimens.

To make the cure as painless as possible, the paging device initially beeps as often during the day as the smoker normally lights up, but in a...

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