The price of a cigarette on the street.

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  1. The Rhetoric of Life

    The Rhetoric of Life Well-Known Member

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    https://metro.co.uk/2017/08/23/shop...n-as-demand-soars-due-to-price-hikes-6873102/

    Just know your prices, and base it the above article that states shops selling them for 60p and do your selling/buying from there among yourselves if you're ever panhandling for cigarettes in the hope for charity offering to buy the single cigarette; and if your ever get given money for a cigarette, try and refuse it, and if they give it to you anyway, it's not money for a cigarette, it's their freedom to give you whatever money they wish.
     
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  2. Liberty Monkey

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    I used to crash cigs to people and not worry but not a chance now lol.

    I do need to quit smoking as it's killing me but the £11 a day is also "losing" it's charm.
     
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    I have been an on and off smoker for thirty years or more. I have not smoked for many years at a stretch. At the moment I'm five years into my latest period of not smoking - the one exception being the "Gentlemen's Lunch" where I, and around a dozen friends go off to a local Michelin-starred restaurant for a pre-Christmas bout of excess. For that occasion one of us buys a pack of 20 Silk Cut and shares them around the rest of the non-smokers who are rather the worse for drink.

    I now understand why cigarettes contribute to heart disease. Last year when I bought a pack, I almost had a friggin' heart attack when I bought a pack and found how expensive they had become. Ten years ago Mrs Don and I quick our pack-a-day habit for three years and bought her a brand new Skoda Fabia on 0% finance with the money we saved. We could probably buy a Porsche these days....
     
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    Ever notice how there's not that many smokers who only smoke 1 or 2 a day?

    If someone only smoked two or three cigars each week, I would call that just a recreational activity. But among the people who smoke, how rare that is.

    I also believe over time the brain adjusts, so smokers need to smoke more to get their fix. Ultimately, over time the brain just adjusts so smokers no matter how much they smoke are not really more happy than a non-smoker on average. Their highs and lows throughout the day are just connected to when they smoke.

    Nicotine could be used as a medicine when someone is temporarily unhappy, for a day, or for a moment in the day. But over longer periods of time it can't make you more happy.

    Tobacco also has a deep pleasant smell, and so those addicted to smoking may want to look into essential oils to help deal with their addiction. (Smelling pleasant things may help psychologically substitute for some of the tobacco fixation)
     
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    There's only one way to stop smoking and that's to have the **** scared out of you. This is how I did it: About 30+ years ago I was on 10-15 a day (roll-ups, and with filter tips). Upon going for my annual BP check, the nurse reported there had been a significant increase in it since the last readings, and (to cut a long story short) I was prescribed a medication to lower it. Roughly 4 months into this medication I began coughing, and it gradually got worse until it was seriously adversely affecting my lifestyle (I was a full-time domiciliary carer at the time). I need not say what was going through my mind all this time? Typical bloke, I wouldn't go to my GP, but it worsened to the point where I couldn't sleep at night, even when propped up on pillows; I knew that if I didn't act, I'd no longer be able to fulfill my responsibility to my charge. In the consulting room my GP looked at the computerised record, commented that I was on ACE inhibitors** (for the hypertension), told me not to take any more of them, and within 48 hours the cough had totally disappeared. Needless to say, I've never smoked since then.

    Here's the thing though; the replacement medication caused my BP to plummet, and in a further GP consultation I was advised to stop taking the replacement medication, after which . . . get this . . . my BP stabilised to the recognised normal level, and (bottom line) I never did have high BP in the first place, nor have had to this day. Although I have my own profound thoughts on that entire episode, I need not reveal them here.

    ** A chronic cough is one of the primary (possible) side-effects of ACE inhibitors.
     
  7. Liberty Monkey

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    This thread inspired me so I just bought an Iqos
    https://uk.iqos.com/products/what-is-iqos

    Can't stand ecigs tried a few times so worth a punt. Although far far more expensive, still cheaper than cigs though from the shops after you bought your 2nd ten pack.

    How available are Heets in the USA? How much do they cost?

    If I get on with it will buy from these next
    https://cigakaz.com/collections/frontpage/products/heets-yellow-label-sticks-for-iqos

    As 1/2 the UK price and I bet no issues with customs.
     
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    Got my IQOS it's weird but I think I can get used to it. The experience is very different to an Ecig much closer to actually smoking.
     
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    Day 3 with the IQOS I still have cigarettes left this must be a good sign! I had 1/2 a pack left when I got the IQOS only smoked 3 of them since, was smoking 20 a day. Been having the guilty real cig after breakfast, consuming ~15 a day so slightly less than cigs.
     

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