Vera: Hi, I thought you might be out here. Geez, it’s really cold!
Paul: I know, but I really needed a smoke break after that long meeting. Can I bum one off you? I left my pack of cigarettes on my desk.
Vera: Sure. Here’s my lighter. What do you think about the new incentives the company is offering to employees to quit? Have you thought about it?
Paul: Yeah, but I’ve smoked for 20 years. I tried going cold turkey once, but it didn’t work. I’m doomed to a lifetime of ashtrays and stained fingers.
Vera: I’ve been butting heads with my boyfriend for years. He wants me to quit, but I say, to each his own.
Paul: The incentives are pretty good, though, I have to admit: a cash bonus and more money towards our health plans.
Vera: Yeah, I could use the cash. Have you tried one of those nicotine patches?
Paul: No, I haven’t.
Vera: Well...I’ll try it if you will.
Paul: Do you think it would work? I think I’m a lost cause.
Vera: I’m not sure, but if you’ll try them, I will, too.
Paul: Okay, but I’m warning you. I have no willpower.
Vera: All right, but just remember: no pain, no gain.