The last draw: Is the next cigarette your last?
- Giving up smoking isn’t easy. New products and programmes are promising a higher success rate
New Delhi: Milan Mathukiya’s story is like any other smoker’s. Giving in to peer pressure, he started smoking with his friends when he was 21. Even though he did not enjoy the taste of smoke the first time, it grew on him. He started smoking on his own, and the frequency increased from weekly to daily. For some time, he kept it to two cigarettes a day, one before and the other after work. Then came the puffs during lunch breaks. Eventually, he started lighting one cigarette after another, smoking 15 sticks a day. From his first cigarette in 2013, he was a “regular" by 2015.