Let me start off by saying once again that I like Christina Applegate. That being said, I think she is probably lying in an interview she gave to People Magazine discussing the photo of her smoking a cigarette recently. She says it was a "rare slip-up." Uh huh. The photographer just got lucky huh?
"It's been very painful because I feel it was discounting all the work that I've done. The day I found out I had cancer I quit everything that was bad for me that I was putting in my body. Over the last year, with everything that's happened, there have been a couple of times that I've slipped up. That was one of those rare occasions - and of course they got the picture."
Of course they did. I guarantee you the photographers won't get another. I think she is probably still smoking but will confine it to her house or other places where there are no cameras. I would also imagine she probably would have denied she was still smoking if there was no photographer.
Smoking is tough to quit. I remember once I was visiting someone at the hospital and in the bed next to the person I was visiting, the person had a lung removed due to smoking. All of his visitors smoked, and despite the fact they were staring at someone who lost a lung to smoking, every few minutes someone would go outside and smoke.