It's been close to 30 years since I bought a packet of "fags," and I was amazed to hear that the cost was $6.21. He had the six dollars but needed to swipe his card for the other 21 cents. It occurred to me that it was such a shame that he was so broke that he was actually spending his last dollars on cigarettes. But what do I know of his circumstances.
When he'd gone I asked the checker if that was really the price for a packet and she confirmed it was. It seemed extremely expensive and I'm glad I'm not buying a couple of packs a day, which I'm afraid to admit I did back in my youth.
Expensive though it is however, one thing is true: The diseases are free! What's that I hear you say: There's nothing as righteous as a reformed whore!