Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Varnes

    Varnes said, about 3 years ago

    Never had that problem…..Trouble is my middle name….

  2. annieb1012

    annieb1012 said, about 3 years ago

    Oddly, on my computer screen, to the left of this column, is an ad for an organization called “I am a smoke-free” It features an adorable little girl in pink, with a big grin, pointing to the aforementioned words, also in pink. Coincidence?!

  3. TheSkulker

    TheSkulker said, about 3 years ago

    And it could me that Mrs Olson was just looking for an excuse to cover up her quiting?

  4. Leo Autodidact

    Leo Autodidact said, about 3 years ago

    She just gave herself a raise, compliments of RJR.

  5. gmforde

    gmforde said, about 3 years ago

    The trouble with switching hands is how would you light it? With a candle flame? lol

  6. wbtthefrog

    wbtthefrog said, about 3 years ago

    @Leo Autodidact

    Minus all the out-of-pocket healthcare expenses associated with that broken wrist.

  7. chromosome

    chromosome GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Lot of layers of thought in this comic.

  8. P B

    P B said, about 3 years ago


    The health insurance/benefits as a teacher and the proceeds from the mug sales (especially from the guy who now backs his car slowly) should cover all expenses.

  9. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 3 years ago

    Routine is an exceptionally powerful thing. I’ve heard plenty of stories from smokers who’d quit about how they’d find themselves reaching for a cigarette they didn’t have during situations where they used to light up, even years after they gave up the habit.
    I also remember hearing someone say that they’d keep a pen in their mouth just to replicate the feeling of a cigarette, though I can’t imagine that a metal pen would be good for the teeth.

  10. bigpuma

    bigpuma said, about 3 years ago

    The “routines” smokers need to change to help them quit would not be altered by a bad smoking hand. Smokers smoke in concert with other things they do. They have a cup of coffee and light up. Finish a meal? Light up. Open a beer? Light up. Walk the dog? Light up. Hit a bad golf shot? Light up. They are advised to change their behaviors: Have the coffee somewhere else. Do breathing exercises as soon as the meal is done. Walk the golf course instead of reaching for a cigarette pack in the golf cart.

    Now, if Mrs. Olsen smoked only when she held garage sales or gardened, then I could see how a change in routine might have had an effect. Otherwise, this is a guy (Mr. Mallett) writing about something he doesn’t understand in the slightest.

    My thinking is that not having Caulfield around on a daily basis was the main factor. Smokers feel stress and they think that nicotine will calm them. That weirdness is what makes it hardest for most of them to kick the habit.

  11. danketaz

    danketaz GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    not to mention the worst routine, smoke the last cigarette?
    drop everything and go buy the next pack.

  12. bfrg1513

    bfrg1513 said, about 3 years ago

    I’ve been enjoying this storyline ever since the beginning. Thanks, Mr. Mallett!

  13. jessegooddoggy

    jessegooddoggy said, about 3 years ago


    Mr. Mallett is the creator of this brilliant comic strip, not the surgeon general.

  14. bigpuma

    bigpuma said, about 3 years ago

    “Brilliant strip”. That’s exactly the reason I hold it to a higher standard, jesse. “Frazz” places an enormous emphasis on who’s smart and who isn’t. It fairly invites criticism of this kind. I say, “If being smart is your be-all and end-all, then you had better be smart ALL the time.”

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