My wife's heard all the excuses -- now it's phase out the cigarettes or else...
The annual January campaign to persuade me to quit smoking is well under way.
In fact, it has already gone from Phase One (badgering) to Phase Two (emotional blackmail) and may well go to Phase Three (physical restraint) before the month is out.
Phase One began weeks ago, and was pretty unsophisticated. "When are you giving up?" my wife would ask at regular intervals. She also referred to me as an "addict" and "substance dependent".