Mine lived just 3 weeks past his 54th.
I still remember his nicotine stained fingers as he lay in the casket
and that was 55 years ago.
In all fairness, back then we didn't know what we know today.
They took one of my close friends at 42 via his heart. His first heart
attack was at 35 after 20 years of smoking, but quitting at that point
didn't help. He died 2 days before Christmas 2012, and his younger daughter
still believed in Santa Claus.
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My mechanic had a massive heart attact and survived thanks
to the VA.
He survived but was still smoking.
He was read the riot attack by his doctors and thanks to the VA
stopped smoking with the help of a VA program.
Chances are he will die from something other than smoking and
he will see 60.
The message is pretty clear.
If you are a vet and a smoker who wants to stop, the VA has a program
that will help you stop smoking IF you want to.
I realize that to receive VA help may include a significant drive to
get to a VA hospital for some of you, but if it helps save your life,
isn't it worth it?
CVS/Pharmacy just announced they will stop selling tobacco products
in their 7600 retail stores 10/01/2114.
It will cost them at least $2 billion up front; however, long term you
buy that kind of goodwill this will generate.
Wonder whose next to join CVS?
Smokes is big bucks. I recently spoke with a former manager of a
convenience store in a border town. When his state increased the tax by
a buck a pack, they dropped sales of 3,000 packs a day as people went
across the border.
A small grocery/deli where I used to buy my lunch said they were the
biggest income and profit producer he had.
Fellow at work is complaining he needs a new truck but can't afford one,
yet he spends $80+ a week on cigarettes. And a six=pack and pint every week.
I think I've been quit for 10 years now. Its sort of frightening how
easy is would be to start back up. One of the things that helps me stay
quit is the cost. I remind myself that if I'm going to buy a pack,
then I might as well buy enough cigarettes for the month. That quickly
snaps me back to my senses! I wouldn't even leave the house on Friday
night with "only 1 pack"... If I was going to buy cigarettes today I
don't think I could buy only 1 pack. In fact, even allowing 2 packs a
day isn't a guarantee you won't run out ("Oh, the horrors...").
Although he quit years earlier, 25+ years of smoking Pall Mall's may
have led to to my dad's death of lung cancer (among several other types)
at age 72.
My how times have changed.
I worked in a smoke shop while in high school.
Cigarettes cost $1.86/carton except for Pall Mall which was
Both sold for $1.95/carton and individual package sold for
Tried to float a price increase to $2.05/carton retail, but it didn't
fly until 2nd or
This was also about the time that a package had a couple of pennies
the side so you could use a quarter to buy a pack and automatically
Anybody remember Hav-A-Tampa cigars?
Came complete with a wooden mouth piece and was such a deal at
Meh. Damned progressives. If they can't constitutionally ban it, they will
attempt to tax it to death, thereby increasing crime, and more excuses to
fill the prisons:
Government blatantly chasing revenue under the guise of social cost is a
sign of the times, another way to fool the ever increasing gullible, and
another nail in the coffin of freedom of choice.
How soon that failed experiment in wielding 'social cost', Prohibition, is
forgotten ... as if the current "war on drugs" isn't enough to foment crime
Really? You're complaining that taxing cigarettes is increasing crime?
You've got to be kidding. You're one of the smartest people I know,
but your IQ just dropped twenty points.
Whatever crime and costs that might be attributed to taxing cigarettes
is VASTLY overshadowed by the loss of lives and costs to the
healthcare system from people smoking.
On 2/6/2014 9:13 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Government restriction of any form causes crime.
Think about prohibition.
You should move a little closer to the Texas Mexican border, you might
change your mind. On a slow day dozens of people are killed in any
given border town.
Now you might say that the drugs, which is the focus of all the
violence, would not exist if the government was not restricting its use
and or when cigarettes are eventually out lawed crime will increase even
The government should only maintain the infrastructure and protect our
Sorry, can't agree with that. While some of it maybe true, there are
far too many benefits to regulating certain things that is ignored by
And, you're missing my point. Whatever crime that might be attached to
restricting or taxing cigarettes is easily outdone by the devastating
effects and costs that tobacco use has on society.
On 2/6/2014 9:45 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Regulation and restriction are two different things.
I disagree, and those living in the southern US border towns that are
being murdered because of the trafficking caused by government laws
restricting any number of products would probably disagree too.
Granted cigarette smoking is harmful to your health but if warning
labels and ads on TV and health education at the doctors office and in
schools is not enough then adding taxes is not going to do any thing but
prompt smokers to obtain their tobacco in another way, and that is
typically is illegal.
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