KICKING the habit works best in pairs. That’s the main message of a study presented at EuroPrevent 2019. Quitting smoking can be a lonely endeavour,” said author Magda Lampridou, of Imperial College London. “People feel left out when they skip the smoke break at work or avoid social occasions. On top of that, there are nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Partners can distract each other from the cravings by going for a walk or to the cinema and encouraging replacement activities like eating healthy food or meditating when alone.