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Cigarettes were still 25 cents a pack when I quit. I can’t believe people can afford to keep smoking at the cost of cigarettes today.


When I started smoking, I lived in New York. It was $5ish a pack. It went up for almost $10 within a few years. Moved to Florida, and they were $4 a pack. Then they went up to $8 and $9 a pack within a few years. Moved to Washington and the were $6 a pack and went up to just under $10 about a month after I got there. That was enough for me.


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Posts: 15125 | Location: Gilbert, AZ | Registered: February 10, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I have never smoked...

Both my parents did...and they both quit cold turkey the day I left for boot camp...fuckers. I had to survive in that stench for 18 years.

When I was kid, I remember it being odd, the thought of lighting "anything" and breathing in the smoke. I guess that's why I never started?


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Posts: 6668 | Location: South East, Pa | Registered: July 04, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Buddy of mine asked me to stop and pick up a pack of smokes for him when he was in Covid quarantine. Clerk said $8 please, No, just need one pack. He looked at me and said that is for one pack. YIKES! Had no idea they were that expensive. The price alone would make me quit.
 
Posts: 283 | Location: Kansas | Registered: August 28, 2020Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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My maternal grandfather died of lung cancer in 1976 after having part of a lung removed about 1965. He quit when diagnosed, I remember he always had black on the finger of his smoking hand. Oddly, his offspring wants nothing to do with nicotine, including his kids and me and my brothers. My system just doesn't want anything to do with it, so I naturally avoid it.

My dad smoked from early teens to about 40. He called it "adult thumb sucking" To quit he found the worst tasting cigarettes and made himself smoke an allotted amount every day, until he quit cold turkey. I'm confident he extended his life at least 10 years.

I have a friend who smoked and witnessed the power of nicotine addiction. One day having fun on the lake, he ran out. I saw the levels of need and attempts to get me to take him to shore to resupply. Having summer fun on the lake, I didn't want to leave to go for what I thought was something one could forego. It went from get a coke, to mean and desperate in about an hour. He quit and now can't stand to be around it.

When I look at old photos of early to mid 1900s, and see how prevalent smoking was, It saddens me how they were unknowingly giving up years of health for disease, infirmity, pain and death. It doesn't bother me as much when I see people now smoking with full awareness of how deadly it is.
 
Posts: 7148 | Location: Over the hills and far away | Registered: January 20, 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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As you might guess, I smoke pipes. A couple of favorite tobaccos:

Tordenskjold Virginia Slices (Dan Tobacco)
Aged Burley Flake (Solani)



Serious about crackers.
 
Posts: 7323 | Location: San Diego | Registered: July 26, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I grew up in Alaska in a house with both parents smoking. I remember when I was in school around 2PM or so I'd start getting antsy and I think it was withdrawal as I hadn't had any second hand smoke for around 8 hours or so. At that time the majority of people smoked, or at least it seemed that way to me.

Anyway, I naturally started smoking when I was around 15, cigarettes were 25¢ a pack in the machines, cheaper over the counter.

When I went in the Army, it was $1.00/carton, 10¢ a pack.

I smoked for 48 years, never more than a pack a day and mostly around 3/4 pack a day but since I was working most of the time I'd light one, take a drag and put it in the ash tray where it would burn out so I wasn't smoking much of any cigarette unless I was at home.

So one day I decided to quit, around 15 years ago and went to the doctor and told him I'd smoked for 48 years and wanted to know how much damage I had to my body from smoking, so he gave me a large panel of tests and we had a come to Jesus meeting a few days later.

He said there was absolutely no sign I'd ever smoked a day in my life and I don't think he believed I had smoked because he was acting very skeptical the whole time we talked. He tried 3 different blood oximeters on me and got 99% 2 times and 98% 1 time.

Anyway, I still do the things that were allegedly triggers for smoking, I drink coffee and alcoholic beverages and I still have ashtrays in every room of the house and a carton and a half of cigarettes in the freezer. I have absolutely no urge to smoke but being around people smoking doesn't bother me either. The only smoking that bothers me is the smell of skunk weed (marijuana) when people in the area are smoking dope.

I'm saving a ton of money and of course, it's better for my health.
 
Posts: 9939 | Location: Gilbert Arizona | Registered: March 21, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I smoked cigars for maybe 15 years. 3-5 per week unless I was on vacation or something. Doc said to quit so I did on 8/22/19. I miss cigars because I was content to sit on a park bench and watch the world go by for 1-2 hours. Now I got to keep moving on.


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Posts: 5457 | Location: Ohio | Registered: December 27, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Smoked at least a pack a day from age 14 to 50.

Cancer was a strong motivator to quit, to put it mildly, though it (quitting) was still rough.
 
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I took up smoking for about 4 years in the late '80's after my father died. When my wife and I married in '91, she said she wasn't going to kiss an ashtray, so I weaned myself off of them over about a 30 day period and haven't touched one since. I detest even the faint smell of them now!


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Posts: 4068 | Location: Madison, AL | Registered: December 06, 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I smoke cigars, 1-3 per week, depending on the weather. And there are occasions I don't touch one for weeks, just don't have the time. Collecting and aging cigars is a hobby.



"I’m not going to read Time Magazine, I’m not going to read Newsweek, I’m not going to read any of these magazines; I mean, because they have too much to lose by printing the truth"- Bob Dylan, 1965
 
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Legalize the Constitution
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I started smoking cigarettes when I was 15. I quit when I was 30 (I distinctly remember thinking, “I’ve smoked half my life”). I was able to quit cigarettes largely by transitioning to Skoal, then Cope, then Key; after all, I was a cowboy, what are you gonna do. After a few years of that, I needed periodontal surgery. In three quadrants of my mouth the gum was pealed back, roots scraped (I guess that’s what they do), then sewn up again. That was a strong impetus to quit, and I did.

Like oddball, I do like a nice cigar. Even in the summer months I rarely smoke more than one/week. In the winter, much less than that. I’m very conscious of the hold tobacco products can exert over me, and I make sure that the cigars truly are an occasional thing to enjoy. My brother also likes a cigar once in a while, and some of our best times are sitting outside together solving the world’s, or the Husker’s problems.

The poll was a bit too limited.


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I smoked cigs since I was 17. Started at 1/4 to 1/2 pack a day and worked itself up to over a pack a day at age 40 when I quite. There was a stint during that period that I quit for 8-9 months, but went back.

When I had surgery on my lungs 4 years ago the doc said my lungs were in good shape with no evidence of cancer or tumors. I guess I dogged a bullet in that regard.



Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.

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I smoked about a half a pack of cigarettes per day for about 6 or 7 years in my early 20s. I quit cold turkey when they started to be disgusting to me. I was hooked on the nicotine, but the smokes were getting unpleasant.

This was the early '80s. Smokes cost about $1.25 or $1.50 a pack, but there was a machine on campus that was only set for $.75 a pack.

Now I smoke a pipe once in a while - maybe two or three times a month. I will even more occasionally smoke a cigar, but a cigar lingers too long in my mouth, and I am usually sorry I smoked it three hours later. A pipe doesn't do that.




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Posts: 52005 | Location: Texas | Registered: February 10, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Originally posted by LoboGunLeather:


No one else's business what I do. If you don't like it all you need to do is leave me alone (please, it won't bother me at all).


I think this is just curiousity. No one is moralizing or criticizing.




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Posts: 52005 | Location: Texas | Registered: February 10, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Cigars.

Two weeks on; 6-8 weeks off.

(Problem is, I truly smoke a cigar. My son, the former nyc tobacconist reminds me that it’s not the same plant grown in Virginia; tropical acidic tobacco)

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Funny anecdote:


Long long ago, in a land not so far away, Gavin McInnes was interviewing Tucker Carlson. He noticed Carlson chewing away at Nicorette gum furiously, as they spoke together.

Then Gavin asked Tucker, “How much do you chew in a week?”

Tucker replied, about $300 per week.

Shocked, Gavin quickly calculated $1200 a month. Incredulously, he asked Tucker is that right?

Tucker Carlson: “What’s your price for happiness?“





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Smoke Break!





"Pacifism is a shifty doctrine under which a man accepts the benefits of the social group without being willing to pay - and claims a halo for his dishonesty."
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Aug 1968 entered boot camp with a carton of cigs... maybe smoked 1 1/2 packs because of me letting my classmates have some. ...Smoke "em if you got "em or get one from your buddy...... 9 weeks later at AIT training bought another carton and maybe able to smoke 4 or 5 packs due to buddies bumming smokes..... After arriving in Korea same pattern started again till I started smoking a pipe which continued for many years... Then started with the smokeless tobacco pouches for many years... Then August 2016 had a major flood event that caused disruption of supply chain and could not get my poison of choice for a couple of months so I quit the pouches.. Still to this day still get the urge but have been able to resist. .. drill sgt.
 
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Thank you
Very little
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Started smoking when I was 14, Believe it was my dads fault, bringing home Newports and Monacos 440's and leaving them out for me to find.

Really haven't stopped but I've slowed down a bit over time.... Big Grin

Mostly BG Goodrich, but the occasional Goodyear and a few times Michelins....



Have been known to smoke Habano's from time to time



 
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I smoked for 15 years. Cigarettes, pipe, cigars. When I joined the Air Force, cigarettes were .17 a pack. I quit the day my youngest son was born. That was 41 years ago.


CMSGT USAF (Retired)
Chief of Police (Retired)
 
Posts: 4305 | Location: Florida Panhandle | Registered: September 27, 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Originally posted by lyman:
never smoked a thing (except stuff on the grill)

no tobacco,
no wacky tobacco,

nothing,


not ever had the urge or desire,

never chewed, or used tobacco in any other way either
Same here. Both my parents smoked all through my life and I grew up absolutely hating everything about it. I can affirm that I have never even tried one cigarette. I find the smoke irritating and smelly, the ashes disgusting, and the habits of most to just toss their (cigarette) butts on the ground deplorable. I am very sensitive to the smell of burning tobacco (and other things) and I avoid being around persons who smoke (I smell it on their clothes and in their hair). I wish the Indians had never introduced the colonials to tobacco.

FWIW, my parents amoked Lucky Strikes, and I remember being sent to the nearby store to buy a carton for them, a task I hated. A carton (10 packs, 200 cigarettes) was $1.83 back in the 1940s.

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