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An example for contextual purposes: "Smoking has become part of my routine, a [casual hiatus/break] to my day, if you will, rather than an addiction"

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closed as general reference by Robert Cartaino Dec 19 '11 at 17:49

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I don't like it as much as the other answers, but I'd like to add "respite" as a possible alternative, depending on additional context. – Reuben Dec 19 '11 at 6:43
Casual hiatus still sounds much better and dramatic to me. Depends on the context, though. – Kris Dec 19 '11 at 9:53
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One of these might do the trick:

  • Intermission
  • Recess
  • Breather (not recommended when speaking about smoking)
  • Interlude
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Gah! Got the "new answer loaded" message in the middle of clicking "Answer." – Gnawme Dec 19 '11 at 3:32
@Gnawme Well, sometimes, that's the way it goes. Once, I wrote out a really long answer, got that message, and the answer was essentially mine, but compacted. – user11550 Dec 19 '11 at 3:34
Yeah, and then you watch the other answer get twice as many votes... :-b – Gnawme Dec 19 '11 at 3:45
@Gnawme To be true! – user11550 Dec 19 '11 at 4:18
How about replacing the whole answer with 'You beat me to it, Maan by nn nanosecs.'? (only if it's the same thing in the two answers) – Kris Dec 19 '11 at 9:53

The most common word for this is the one you included in your example, "break".

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How about intermission? Especially in the sense of "recess at school."

Smoking has become part of my routine, an intermission to my day, if you will, rather than an addiction.

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