Hey, congratulations on quitting. No doubt it's incredibly hard or I'd have done it. Dad quit, then died about 10 years later. My grandmother quit at about 86 then died at 96. Mom never did quit but it didn't seem to make any difference. After Dad quit I tried not smoking around him but he said it didn't make any difference because he wanted a cigarette every minute of every day anyway. I tried electronic cigarettes because you can't smoke in the bars in Kansas City but they really don't do it. John
Well then I am glad you were able to quit. :) Think of the upseide to your health and the money you saved. :)
Nicotine is very addictive so that's why people are willing to pay the price. Quitting was the hardest thing I ever did in my life! And I was a very heavy smoker to boot. Back then there weren't any of the "crutches" available today so cold turkey it was. Peggy
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Whoa! $115 a carton? Mom was getting them for about $40 a little over a year ago. The price of cigarettes in Canada went crazy a couple of decades ago and everyone started getting it by the bag and rolling their own. I tried that for a while but I was spending hours at a time just rolling enough for a day, so that didn't last long. If cigarettes go the way of toilet paper, I'm figuring I can still probably get tobacco by the bag. Even in Missouri where the tobacco tax is lower than anywhere else, over half the cost of a cigarette is in taxes.
I have no doubt that cigarettes are dangerous and hard on you at best, but I think they're making the same mistake in making them politically incorrect as they did with drugs back when I was in school. I remember watching anti-drug movies and lectures where marijuana smokers were having "psychedelic trips" and hallucinations, which was of course, completely idiotic and I think it backfired. If adults were lying about marijuana, they were probably lying about everything else. I see them doing the same thing about cigarettes now, blaming them for everything from toenail fungus to bad teeth. Some of those "Truth" commercials are just as ridiculous. I'm afraid it'll backfire too. John
Goodness! Why would someone pay that much? I chew gum a lot, but the day it becomes the equivelent of $5 a pack in todays dollars (I say that because in 20 years it will be $25 a pack but inflation will mean it is like $3 today) I will learn to chew paper! I find that a better use of my money is food, gas, mortgage, utilities, charity OVER excessive taxes for my vices. ;)
OMG! Cartons here are well over $100! Of course, most of the cost is good ol' Cook County taxes. When I quit back in 1991 they were like $34 a carton. Lots of stores don't even carry cartons and only sell packs as most can't afford to layout that carton cost all at once. The picture I included was taken at Walmart in 2014!