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The cost of smoking

Old 7th Nov 2021, 10:18
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The cost of smoking

At the supermarket yesterday I was queueing at the kiosk to buy a lottery ticket when I became aware of an argument brewing. Young chap ahead of me was disputing the cost of his usual packet of cigarettes which had apparently increased from around £10 to nearly £11.50 overnight and he wasn't happy. As the young female assistant could do no more than re-scan the packet and get the same price he "demanded to see the manager" who confirmed that a recent tax rise and manufactureres price inrease was the reason.
At this he became irate, started shouting and threw the packet across the counter before walking out

Question to our smokers here - how much of price increase would it take to cause you this sort of reaction? I doubt this chap actually gave up there and then but I've never seen that reaction ever..........
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Old 7th Nov 2021, 10:51
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Sounds like he was in need of a fag...
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He's still buying cigarettes over the counter? Most smokers now buy chop-chop from the black marketeers who always seem to evade capture.
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Old 7th Nov 2021, 11:41
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I must admit, when I was first married, SWMBO was smoking (She was doing more than 40 a day). We lived on the 23rd floor of an apartment building and if I discovered her carton of 200, I would hurl it over the balcony where it would descend rapidly to the car park below. At which point, the local lads would appear and carry the packet off like a trophy. Mme would quickly call the elevator, drive to the supermarket and buy another 200.

Not long after, she quit completely and has not smoked again for 40 years.. Some people will go to any lengths to feed the habit.

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When I saw the recent Sierra-Leone video of people collecting leaking petrol from a crashed tanker truck where over 90 were killed after it exploded, my first thought was perhaps an ignorant smoker wanted to get in on the action.
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Old 7th Nov 2021, 13:02
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Typical prices in 1966:

10 Embassy cigarettes - 2/3½ (two shillings and thruppence halfpenny), equivalent to £2.30 today.

10 Players No.6 (smaller fags for when student funds were low) - 1/9 (one and ninepence), equivalent to £1.75 today.

Fifty years ago the world must have smelt of tobacco smoke. People smoked in buses, trains, shops, cinemas, pubs.

Other prices:
Mars bars: 6d (sixpence)
Smiths crisps (with salt sachet): 3d (thruppence)
Pint of Tetley's bitter: 1/11 (one and eleven)
Ditto Watney's Red Barrel: 2/6 (two and six, or 'half a crown')

Inflation over the years mean that the purchasing power of today's £ equates roughly to the shilling of the mid-1960s, a factor of 20.

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Old 7th Nov 2021, 13:43
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Originally Posted by Imagegear View Post
I must admit, when I was first married, SWMBO was smoking (She was doing more than 40 a day). We lived on the 23rd floor of an apartment building and if I discovered her carton of 200, I would hurl it over the balcony where it would descend rapidly to the car park below. At which point, the local lads would appear and carry the packet off like a trophy. Mme would quickly call the elevator, drive to the supermarket and buy another 200.

Not long after, she quit completely and has not smoked again for 40 years.. Some people will go to any lengths to feed the habit.

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Gosh ! thanks for what has to be one of the most open admissions of patriarchal petulance.

I can think of a few ladies I've known / know, who, if you did that, then your own personal possessions would have been filing a flight plan shortly afterwards.. and possibly yourself.

They're all very nice ladies actually,
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Old 7th Nov 2021, 14:43
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I think it's pretty reasonable. 40 ciggies a day is not going to do you much good in the long run.
I didn't like Checkboard smoking. Definitely not good for him. So I'd hide his packs of smokes where I knew he'd never find them. In the cleaning products cupboard and behind the sofa. He saw me have a few asthma coughing attacks and decided to quit smoking as he realised it was a trigger.

When we moved out we found a lot of packs of smokes.
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Discord, don't forget 3 single records at 6/8 each, 3 for a quid. Wish I hadn't sold mine......
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Old 7th Nov 2021, 16:56
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Discord, don't forget 3 single records at 6/8 each, 3 for a quid. Wish I hadn't sold mine......
And, coincidentally or not, 3 gallons of petrol cost a quid too, as I recall from the weekend pump attendant job that paid for my motorbike.
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Old 7th Nov 2021, 17:19
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Redo, if Checkers doesn't go behind the sofa then I guess he isn't scared of Daleks?
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I limit myself to a few Cohiba Cigars a year, usually 3-4, and my lungs take more hammer going to Shanghai for a week. However Mrs. Mac smokes' the small Café Crème Light's but chugs her way through around 5 per week. I have never found tobacco addictive hence sometimes I go nearly a year between cigars, but do have Humidors in both house and apartment for those times suitably stocked. As for cigarettes they are in my view the sweepings of the cigar floor as when you could smoke inside in the UK the the cigarette smoke always seemed more obnoxious compared with Pipe or Good or even moderate cigars . I once got followed around a gallery in the Deia in Majorca (when you could smoke inside) by a some what attractive young lady, who came up to me after the 3rd room to say she hoped I thought she was not stalking me ( I should be so lucky) but she said I left a wonderful aroma in each room, which reminded her of her Father who had died 2 years previously

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Old 7th Nov 2021, 18:04
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My father smoked around 40 a day. Stroke at 54 and dead at 56.
I was lucky at school when the big kids made me have a smoke behind the bike sheds when I was about 13. I threw up and never smoked again.
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Old 7th Nov 2021, 18:38
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Started smoking as a student but the price went up within a few months and it became a choice of beer or cigs and I liked beer better. Subsequently, when I embarked on my research career, one of the first papers I read was an analysis of the contents of cigarette smoke. A fair few of the compounds identified should only be handled with gloves within a fume cupboard. Some of the neat compounds come with a poison symbol on the bottle, sometimes also with a corrosive warning and sometimes with a dangerous to the environment symbol too. Definitely not the stuff to be lining your lungs with, quite put me off starting again.
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Really enjoyed cigarettes back in the late 70’s/early 80’s.
really really enjoyed JPSs when someone was kind enough to bring me one of those canisters with 200 of them in it from across the pond. (So much better than Marlboro lights)

Found that I enjoyed tobacco too much, and gave it up until 5 or 6 years ago, when I discovered good cigars and have made a minor quest out of keeping the Padron and Davidoff outfits in business.

Just really enjoy a good stogie. If there’s not a good one available, I feel no compunction about going without until one turns up.
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Old 7th Nov 2021, 19:18
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I guess he isn't scared of Daleks?
You've met him. They're scared of him.
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Old 7th Nov 2021, 19:30
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Absolutely!
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Old 7th Nov 2021, 19:32
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My mother spent five years in a nursing home with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Very expensive.

She was legally blind for ten years before she died due to wet macular degeneration, which can be a result of smoking.

Before we had to move her to a nursing home, we observed many burn marks in the couch, rug, and furniture near where she used to smoke. It’s amazing she didn’t burn the house down because due to her lack of eyesight she couldn’t find the ashtray.

She had multi-infarct dementia, which is a series of small strokes in your brain, likely a result of smoking.

She got hooked on tobacco at a young age and usually smoked a pack and a half a day. Only ever managed to get below half a pack a day when she tried very, very hard.

Of course, when she was on oxygen in the hospital, she had to quit cold turkey. Took her two or three years to stop begging for cigarettes but neither I nor my spouse smoke, so we couldn’t and wouldn’t oblige.

It’s like, “Mom, do you really want to set this place on fire by smoking with the oxygen line in your nose?”

So yes, smoking is very expensive and addictive. That’s why tobacco companies make a lot of money.

Historically, it’s also why it was worth shipping tobacco on sailboats all the way from North America to Europe. Any addictive substance will have a global market.
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Old 7th Nov 2021, 19:33
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I used to smoke 40 a day until I left the RAF at Christmas 89 and smoked my last cigarette on New Year’s Eve that year and haven’t touched one since.

When you think about it was £20 a day if you smoke 40 x7, that’s £140 a week or £560 a month, you are getting into nearly a monthly mortgage repayment zone on cigarette’s, that’s crazy.
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Old 7th Nov 2021, 19:40
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Originally Posted by dixi188 View Post
My father smoked around 40 a day. Stroke at 54 and dead at 56.
My father was very similar, 40 a day of Capstan Full Strength and if he couldn't get them Gold Flake. 1st stroke at 56, second and the third at 65 - the third killed him.
I'd smoked from the age of about ten and when I came back from Malta aged 20 on a Valiant in 1964 and got the Budget report on the (then) Home Service on the ADF, 20 Cigs went up from c 4/6d to about 5/- and so after I'd smoked my 200 poncey Passing Clouds I vowed to give up. I never smoked again.
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