I was fighting with temptation
But I didn’t want to win
A man like me don’t like to see
Temptation caving in—Leonard Cohen, “On the Level”
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Not included on the long list of substances, people, and activities that have not even briefly scratched my addiction itch is, mysteriously, cigarette smoking.
I wrote, “mysteriously,” because I gave smoking its shot at me. For a period of time measured somewhere between one day and half a decade, I considered myself someone who smoked cigarettes.