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    Old habits die hard. Music director Pritam Chakraborty had quit smoking after a health scare in 2008. But, he had started smoking 60 cigarettes a day, again. Now finally, Pritam has quit smoking. For the last one month, Pritam has not had a puff. The dramatic change came 40 days ago when his wife Smita gave him a book — Collins Gem, Stop Smoking by Gill Paul.
    When contacted, Pritam told Media , “Yes, I have quit smoking. I took a firm decision on this when I reached the third chapter of the book. Smoking is the worst addiction. It looks harmless but it is one of the most difficult things to kick. I tried quitting it in the past but did not succeed beyond a month.”

    In 2008, during a show in Cuttack, Pritam had experienced acute breathlessness and was rushed to a hospital. He was diagnosed with a constriction in his lungs. Naturally, he was told in no uncertain terms that he should quit smoking. Though Pritam agreed and even managed it for sometime, he was back to his old ways. Pritam, then, had told this newspaper, “I just hope that I am able to kick the habit one day.” We hope his wife’s gift has a permanent effect.



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