Lynn's Comments: Artificial cigarettes were newly on the market when I did this strip. As a non-smoker, I was fascinated by the idea. Could a placebo smoke really take the place of the real thing? Friends and family were eagerly testing this possibility, but couldn't get past the image of the pacifier to take it seriously!
Lynn's Comments: Alan bought and tried a cigarette substitute. It was a plastic inhaler with a nicotine hit. He wandered about the house trying to look nonchalant, but like all the other "quit the habit" innovations, this too was destined for failure. I had to give him credit--at least he tried. And when he flung the bogus butt into the woods one day, he didn't swear in front of the kids.