Smokes

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  1. mmcbeat

    mmcbeat

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    All righty. I was in a pharmacy the other day and the young lady in front of me purchased a pack of cigarettes. Seriously, I couldn’t believe what a pack of smokes cost. I started smoking when I was 16 and quit 12 years later. At the time premium cigarettes (Winstons) were 25 cents a pack at a vending machine. Back in the day, pretty much everyone in my group smoked. In high school, we had a *smoke hole* outside the school. In the Army probably 90% were smokers. Quitting is probably one of the smartest things I have ever done. Would like to hear your stories.
     
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  2. Captain Steinbrenner

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    I started smoking in 7th grade like any other teen trying to look cool, I remember my dad caught me smoking behind the house and grabbed me strongly by the neck while warning me if he ever see me asking anybody for a cigarette or stealing his I would regret being born.
    I quit in the spot of course.


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  3. Glockalong

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    I feel for people back in the day who smoked. It is addictive as hell and the consequences weren’t entirely known. I don’t understand people who start in this day and age who say I want to drop 2 grand plus a year to smell like a$$ and ruin my health and be shunned by everyone.
     
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  4. varget

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    took it up at about 14 as it was the way to be an adult. did it for 39 yrs. and it was hell quitting. now smoke free for 23 yrs. and grateful to be able to breathe. most addictive substance I have ever encountered. don't even think about the financial cost. the health cost is tons worse. would have been dead long ago if I hadn't quit that nasty habit.
     
  5. BOOSTED12A

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    I started when I was around 18. I've quit on and off over the years. Before I hurt my back I had a smoke before every pt.test! As a senior nco it was a smoke in one hand and coffee in the other unless walking down the flight line to some be meeting. I still smoke, it's expensive but I still enjoy it.
     
  6. Bill Keith

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    Government does a good job on "sin" taxes. Any good vice has a good tax placed on it. Even illegal things; think of the cost rolled into policing prostitution, moonshine, illegal drugs etc. Driving here in Texas, I'm surprised there isn't a tax on big pick ups and especially 'rolling coal' rigs.
     
  7. shadow_dog

    shadow_dog Hilljack

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    Started when I was around 14, quit when I was 35. Was smoking 3 packs a day when I quit. Wife, who had a pack a day habit, and I both quit cold turkey together at the same time. Wife never craved them afterwards. For about a year after I always had a cinnamon toothpick in my mouth to stop the craving. I still get the craving at times 26 years later.
     
  8. ReaPer105

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    Smoking killed both my parents. I bought a pack in high school. After trying three I gave em away and never tried again. Smoking wasn't for me. I'm sure glad I didn't like it back then.
     
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  9. mmcbeat

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    I quit cold turkey as well. One Sunday I ran out of smokes and decided to quit after 12 years. Best decision ever.
     
  10. alnicoG22

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    OP, when I graduated from pharmacy school in 1984 most pharmacies had a Dr Grabow pipe display and maybe cigarettes for sale. Then we pharmacists, mostly I guess, decided selling products that will make one die in pain and agony not in line with our mission statement. I am dismayed you found them for sale in a pharmacy.
     
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  11. Maccabeus

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    I only smoke when I'm on fire.

    And, I generally try to avoid that.

    (My mom was an RN. She told me it wasn't good for you so don't do it. I believed her. End of story.)
     
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    I.B.T.E.

    (In Before The Eichmann's)
     
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    Smoked off and on for years (started around 1998) and had my last cigarette in Aug 2014 as I just woke up one AM and decided to stop. Was able to cold turkey. Still dream about it but doubt I’ll ever pick up a cigarette again. Especially with the cost these days.
     
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    I started smoking in earnest around 19. I quit in my early thirties. Went back to it a month or two at a time until I turned 40. I don't get any cravings and I quit cold turkey the last time. That's the only way to do it. Hypnosis, patches etc. are useless in my mind. You quit when you want to.
    I still have the nicotine habit, I chew, smoke cigars and pipes, just no inhaling the smoke anymore.
    I remember when I was 13 or 14, we'd go to the 76 station in Odessa, where I lived at the time, get a can of Copenhagen for 50 cents and open it with the opener on the wall. Good times!
     
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    I like it when they wear a mask to buy cigs
     
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    Strongly resembles my pattern. For awhile during that period could get almost three cartons of cigarettes for what one pack costs today.
     
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    Within the last 6 months I've seen a pack of smokes for $5 in KY and the same pack for $20 in a NV casino. I love nicotine like a fat kid loves cake. But I'm 18 months nicotine free (Copenhagen long cut) and these SOBs aren't getting my money when you can grow and dry it yourself for pennies....if I decide to go back to it.
     
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    Never s.moked or had an urge to smoke.
    My dad however will likely take it to the grave. It saddens me to think about it but it's his life . 4 brothers and only my musician bro smokes. I am glad they went to a smoke free workplace when I began working at a hospital in the early nineties. Before that both staff and patients could smoke inside the hospital . Yuk what a misery...congratulations to those that have given up the habit. Enjoy in good health and spirits. ..
     
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    Started at 14, quit at 47. Two packs a day for over 30 years. I think they were around $2.50 a pack back when I stopped. Be 17 years quit next month. I’m so VERY lucky, no lung problems! Kept a very close watch for 15 years after stopping, with lung x-rays yearly. Knock on wood!
     
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    This must be regional. Every pharmacy I have been in sells cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, smokeless tobacco, snorting tobacco, beer, wine. And some have an attached liquor store. All the good stuff for you!




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