Having something in your mouth

They’re how much?


And what do you get for that?

The whole thing: a big starter kit with the machine, case, refills, liquids…


Nicotine, or something like it… herbal, I think.

Do they work?


It’s the having something in your mouth isn’t it?

Ooh er…

No, I mean… like I am with food.

I know, but you’re not that bad.

You’re the skinny one.

Because I smoke.

Why don’t you just give up?

It’s hard.

You’d save a lot of money. I have to eat, I just need to…

Be more sensible.

Like you with smoking. £70… fourteen packets ish…

Sounds a lot, doesn’t it.

Maybe speak to the chemist?


Although she’ll be biased because she’ll want to sell it to you.

Alright, back in a minute.


What did she say?


Oh. What did he say?

I don’t need it.

He told you that?

I didn’t ask.

Why not? You need something, don’t you?

Got it.

Great! What?

His phone number.


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