What is the nature of this psychological pleasure? It can be traced to the universal desire for self-expression. None of us ever completely outgrows his childhood. We are constantly hunting for the carefree enjoyment we knew as children. As we grew older, we had to subordinate our pleasures to work and to the necessity for unceasing effort. Smoking, for many of us, then, became a substitute for our early habit of following the whims of the moment; it becomes a legitimate excuse for interrupting work and snatching a moment of pleasure. You sometimes get tired of working, and if you sit back for the length of a cigarette, you feel refreshed afterwards. It's a peculiar thing, but I wouldn't think of just sitting back without a cigarette. I guess a cigarette somehow gives me a good excuse.
Most of us are hungry for rewards. We want to be patted on the back. A cigarette is a reward that we can give ourselves as often as we wish. When we have done something well we can congratulate ourselves with a cigarette, which in a way tells us that we have been "good boys." We can promise ourselves: "When I have finished this piece of work, or after I have written the last page of my english paper, i'll deserve a little fun. I think i'll have a cigarette."
The first and last cigarette in the day are especially significant rewards. The first one, smoked right... [continues]
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