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BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 30 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:285

The real "enemy" is not the nicotine, it is the habit

I smoked for almost 30 years a very large number of self-rolled
cigarettes every day.I knew that smoking is somehow stupid and bad for
health. Finally I got a bad cough and connected with this big fear. So I
analysed my behaviour. There was not much difference between me and a
Junkie or an Alcoholic. This was the right argument for my mind. But the
real problem was the psychological dependence. I heard, that for in
example in USA herbal cigarettes are available. In Germany it is a law
that cigarettes may be produced and sold only when made with tobacco. But
finally I found a source where I got herbal cigarettes. After three days I
smoked no more nicotin. I had no problem. There was no desire for nicotine
at all, in contrary: the thought of consuming nicotine I found disgusting.
Every now and then I still smoke a herbal cigarette. But I don't really
need it any more. Most of the time I forget all about the desire for
For myself it looks a bit absurd: the way to get rid of smoking by further
application of the poison. The real "enemy" is not the nicotin, it is the
habit. That ist my experience.

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 June 1999
Loni Klingenfuss