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Smoking and the pleasure principle

Giving up smoking is incredibly hard, even if you are fully aware how terrible it is for your health. For ex-smoker David Jesudason, the impulse to light up after meals and during moments of stress remains strong. Cigarettes gifted David coughing, wheezing and fatigue, yet they also gave him pleasure. Here he investigates whether there’s ever any real enjoyment to be had in the deadly habit.

Words by David Jesudason

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Black and white, head and shoulders portrait of David Jesudason.

David Jesudason

David Jesudason is a freelance journalist who covers race issues for BBC Culture, Pellicle and Vittles. David also writes ‘Episodes of My Life’, a weekly newsletter about the TV shows and films that changed his life.