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23rd Jan '17 3:44:57 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* In ''Film/FlickeringLights'', the small-time gangster, Peter, has a serious drug addiction which repeatedly brings the other four members of his gang into trouble. Eventually the gang-leader, Thorkild, gets fed up with his unstable behavior and has him incarcerated inside a defunct walk-in freezer to force him to GoingColdTurkey. Afterwards, Peter does find a displacement for his drug addiction, namely by picking up [[TheAlcoholic a low-key alcohol addiction]], but even this turn out to be ''an actual improvement'' and he becomes a much more stable and helpful member of the group afterwards.
13th Dec '16 2:46:52 PM Bissek
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* Saito Hajime was [[HistoricalDomainCharacter historically]] a heavy drinker, and the version of him who shows up in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is a chain smoker instead, explaining that if he drinks, he becomes AxCrazy.

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* Saito Hajime was [[HistoricalDomainCharacter historically]] a heavy drinker, drinker[[note]]Eventually dying from an ulcer caused by excessive drink[[/note]], and the version of him who shows up in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is a chain smoker instead, explaining that if he drinks, he becomes AxCrazy.
6th Dec '16 11:59:39 AM MCanter89
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* Subverted in ''Film/{{Clerks}}'' Someone comes into the store to accuse the clerks of being "Death-Merchants" for serving people with cigarettes. He tries to convince every smoker to quitting smoking and start buying Chewlie's gum instead. He is then revealed to be a Chewlie's representative, merely out to sell more gum. Everyone gets kicked out of the store, and one smoker buys a pack of cigarettes before leaving.
* ''Film/{{Constantine}}''. Throughout the movie the title character has been chain smoking cigarettes despite being diagnosed with lung cancer. At the end of the movie his cancer is cured and he's shown popping a stick of gum into his mouth to show that he's quitting smoking. What's particularly ironic about this is that, in [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} the comics]], he intentionally tricks Hell into curing his cancer. This is done in such a way that they must make sure he doesn't die for a very long while at least. So he goes right back to chain smoking as soon as his lung cancer's gone, swearing at the devil(s) as he does so.
* In ''Film/LethalWeapon3'', Riggs is trying to quit smoking. Whenever he wants a cigarette, Murtagh gives him a dog biscuit to chew instead. At the end of the film Riggs starts smoking again, claiming to do it to displace his dog biscuit addiction.

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* Subverted in ''Film/{{Clerks}}'' ''Film/{{Clerks}}''. Someone comes into the store to accuse the clerks of being "Death-Merchants" for serving people with cigarettes. He tries to convince every smoker to quitting smoking and start buying Chewlie's gum instead. He is then revealed to be a Chewlie's representative, merely out to sell more gum. Everyone gets kicked out of the store, and one smoker buys a pack of cigarettes before leaving.
* ''Film/{{Constantine}}''. ''Film/{{Constantine}}'': Throughout the movie movie, the title character has been chain smoking cigarettes despite being having been diagnosed with lung cancer. At the end of the movie his movie, [[spoiler:his cancer is cured and he's shown popping a stick of gum into his mouth to show that he's quitting smoking. What's particularly ironic about this is that, in [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} the comics]], he intentionally tricks Hell into curing his cancer. This is done in such a way that they must make sure he doesn't die for a very long while at least. So he goes right back to chain smoking as soon as his lung cancer's gone, swearing at the devil(s) as he does so.
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* In ''Film/LethalWeapon3'', Riggs is trying to quit smoking. Whenever he wants a cigarette, Murtagh gives him a dog biscuit to chew instead. At the end of the film film, Riggs starts smoking again, claiming to do it to displace his dog biscuit addiction.



* In the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' novels, Dr. Maturin develops a powerful addiction to the (opium-based) tincture of laudanum. After successfully kicking the habit, he finds a perfectly healthy substitute, one he knows to be non-addictive...the coca leaves chewed by the natives of Peru[[note]]The joke is obvious, but counter-intuitively, he's probably just fine. The raw coca leaf is ''vastly'' less potent than refined cocaine, and really isn't considered addictive[[/note]].

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* In the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' novels, Dr. Maturin develops a powerful addiction to the (opium-based) tincture of laudanum. After successfully kicking the habit, he finds a perfectly healthy substitute, one he knows to be non-addictive... the coca leaves chewed by the natives of Peru[[note]]The joke is obvious, but counter-intuitively, counterintuitively, he's probably just fine. The raw coca leaf is ''vastly'' less potent than refined cocaine, cocaine and really isn't considered addictive[[/note]].



* The title character of ''Series/{{Kojak}}'' had the trademark of sucking on a lollipop or Tootsie pop. Although often recalled as his way of quitting smoking, this isn't correct as he continued to smoke throughout the series, but cut back his intake using the lollipops. Who loves ya, baby?

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* The title character of ''Series/{{Kojak}}'' had the trademark of sucking on a lollipop or Tootsie pop. Although often recalled as his way of quitting smoking, this isn't correct correct, as he continued to smoke throughout the series, but cut back his intake using the lollipops. Who loves ya, baby?



* In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4| A Promise Unforgotten}}'', [[VegetarianVampire Valvatorez]] has replaced his need for human blood with sardines. While it doesn't provide any of the benefits of drinking human blood (he's gone through a rather massive {{Depower}} since he's stopped), he's at least not dealing with [[WarmBloodbagsAreEverywhere the warm bloodbags issue]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4| A 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}'', [[VegetarianVampire Valvatorez]] has replaced his need for human blood with sardines. While it doesn't provide any of the benefits of drinking human blood (he's gone through a rather massive {{Depower}} since he's stopped), he's at least not dealing with [[WarmBloodbagsAreEverywhere the warm bloodbags issue]].



*** Creator/JKRowling was experiencing stress in the middle of writing ''Literature/HarryPotter'' while on chewing gum, and ended up smoking again on top of her gum. Thankfully she managed to wean off ''those'' addictions later...onto ''VideoGame/{{Minesweeper}}''.
*** Creator/JohnGreen switched from cigarettes to nicotine gum in his twenties, and was ecstatic that he could get his nicotine fix without worrying about cancer. By the time he decided to quit nicotine altogether, he was chewing the equivalent of four packs of cigarettes a day.
** An unintended side effect of smoking cessation campaigns is that people are eating when they would otherwise be smoking, leading to a rise in obesity, making one particular cigarette ad from the [=1920s=] telling women to reach for a cigarette instead of candy a FunnyAneurysmMoment. [[spoiler:Many snack food companies also sell cigarettes]].

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*** Creator/JKRowling was experiencing stress in the middle of writing ''Literature/HarryPotter'' while on chewing gum, and ended up smoking again on top of her gum. Thankfully Thankfully, she managed to wean off ''those'' addictions later...later... onto ''VideoGame/{{Minesweeper}}''.
*** Creator/JohnGreen switched from cigarettes to nicotine gum in his twenties, twenties and was ecstatic that he could get his nicotine fix without worrying about cancer. By the time he decided to quit nicotine altogether, he was chewing the equivalent of four packs of cigarettes a day.
** An unintended side effect of smoking cessation campaigns is that people are eating when they would otherwise be smoking, leading to a rise in obesity, making one particular cigarette ad from the [=1920s=] telling women to reach for a cigarette instead of candy a FunnyAneurysmMoment. [[spoiler:Many snack food companies also sell cigarettes]].cigarettes.]]



** If you go to a NA or AA meeting or something like that, expect a lot of the people to be smokers, which can be hell if you decide to kick ''that'' habit. (Though many of them were smokers ''before'' they tried to quit their other addiction, at which point it doesn't really fit the trope.) Also expect to see [[MustHaveCaffeine lots and lots of coffee, or diet sodas]].

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** If you go to a NA or AA meeting or something like that, expect a lot of the people to be smokers, which can be hell if you decide to kick ''that'' habit. (Though habit (though many of them were smokers ''before'' they tried to quit their other addiction, at which point it doesn't really fit the trope.) ). Also expect to see [[MustHaveCaffeine lots and lots of coffee, or diet sodas]].



** Hard-Core gamers will often move from one extremely immersive gaming experience to another, especially with the MMORPG genre. Most noticeable when a number of people managed to kick their habit for ''Everquest''.... by getting addicted to ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' instead.
* Other: A common behavior exhibited by people who are trying to quit smoking - or are forced to spend time in places where smoking is forbidden - often substitute the oral aspects of the habit by sucking on pens, eyeglass stems, toothpicks, etc.

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** Hard-Core gamers will often move from one extremely immersive gaming experience to another, especially with the MMORPG genre. Most noticeable when a number of people managed to kick their habit for ''Everquest''....''Everquest''... by getting addicted to ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' instead.
* Other: A common behavior exhibited by people who are trying to quit smoking - or smoking--or are forced to spend time in places where smoking is forbidden - often forbidden--often substitute the oral aspects of the habit by sucking on pens, eyeglass stems, toothpicks, etc.
5th Nov '16 8:49:42 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' a scientist invents a pill that can cure addiction to any substance, and which turns out to be [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2009-08-23 itself addictive.]]
9th Oct '16 7:27:40 PM WillKeaton
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* Parodied in [[http://assets.comics.com/dyn/str_strip/000000000/00000000/0000000/000000/20000/9000/800/29850/29850.full.gif this]] ''F-minus'' strip.
18th Sep '16 12:59:43 PM nombretomado
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* In an [[TheEighties eighties]] ''[[ArchieComics Archie]]'' [[VerySpecialEpisode story]] on the dangers of smoking, three teenagers unintentionally create a false fire alarm by chain-smoking in the boys' washroom at school. At the end, they apologize to the principal, Mr. Weatherbee, and inform him that from now on, whenever they have nicotine cravings, they'll chew gum instead.

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* In an [[TheEighties eighties]] ''[[ArchieComics ''[[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie]]'' [[VerySpecialEpisode story]] on the dangers of smoking, three teenagers unintentionally create a false fire alarm by chain-smoking in the boys' washroom at school. At the end, they apologize to the principal, Mr. Weatherbee, and inform him that from now on, whenever they have nicotine cravings, they'll chew gum instead.
5th Sep '16 9:04:25 PM MsChibi
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* Some speculate that L of ''Manga/DeathNote'' uses sugary treats as a substitute for smoking.
2nd Sep '16 11:31:42 PM Doug86
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* [[ComicBook/LuckyLuke]], famously, caused by ExecutiveMeddling from the MoralGuardians. Lucky Luke was created as a heavy smoker in a time where it wasn't controversial, and the way his mouth is classically drawn is designed to fit him having a cigarette in it at all times. When the MoralGuardians complained and had the authors scrap the cigarette, they had him much a straw so as not to have to change his trademark mouth shape. Much later, they finally acknowledged the change in a story where someone offers Luke a cigarette, and he says that he has quit it and munches the straw as a way to deal with it.

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* [[ComicBook/LuckyLuke]], ComicBook/LuckyLuke, famously, caused by ExecutiveMeddling from the MoralGuardians. Lucky Luke was created as a heavy smoker in a time where it wasn't controversial, and the way his mouth is classically drawn is designed to fit him having a cigarette in it at all times. When the MoralGuardians complained and had the authors scrap the cigarette, they had him much a straw so as not to have to change his trademark mouth shape. Much later, they finally acknowledged the change in a story where someone offers Luke a cigarette, and he says that he has quit it and munches the straw as a way to deal with it.



* In ''{{Literature/Holes}}'', Mr. Sir is a former cigarette addict, replacing them with the much more benign sunflower seeds. [[spoiler:At the end of the book, he lapses back into smoking again]].

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* In ''{{Literature/Holes}}'', ''Literature/{{Holes}}'', Mr. Sir is a former cigarette addict, replacing them with the much more benign sunflower seeds. [[spoiler:At the end of the book, he lapses back into smoking again]].
1st Sep '16 9:28:46 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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* [[ComicBook/LuckyLuke]], famously, caused by ExecutiveMeddling from the MoralGuardians. Lucky Luke was created as a heavy smoker in a time where it wasn't controversial, and the way his mouth is classically drawn is designed to fit him having a cigarette in it at all times. When the MoralGuardians complained and had the authors scrap the cigarette, they had him much a straw so as not to have to change his trademark mouth shape. Much later, they finally acknowledged the change in a story where someone offers Luke a cigarette, and he says that he has quit it and munches the straw as a way to deal with it.
21st Aug '16 8:06:03 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* Near the end of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Misato]] seems to quit drinking alcohol [[spoiler:after the death of Kaji]] and instead switches to canned coffee and cigarettes.

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* Near the end of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Misato]] seems to quit drinking alcohol [[spoiler:after the death of Kaji]] and instead switches to canned coffee and cigarettes.coffee.
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