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I used to be addicted to cigarettes—now I’m addicted to my phone

There are fewer smokers about these days, but many people have their phone in their hand instead. We’ve traded one rectangle for another.

We've traded in fags for phones. Illustration: Kate Hazell


Last night I dreamt I smoked a cigarette again. I inhaled deeply and then blew beautiful smoke rings into the air. I’ve missed this, I thought.

It has been 13 years since I smoked a cigarette in real life but I do it once or twice a week in dreams and it is always so good. Like many smokers, I can chart my life in brands. I had my first fag down an alleyway because I thought it would…

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