If the high price of cigarettes isn't going to stop people from smoking, the gory pictures on the back of the pack won't. A pack of butts now is around $8 in Connecticut. I smoked two packs a day when I was smoking cigarettes, so that would be $16 a day, $112 a week, $5,824 a year. My God! I haven't totaled the annual cost of my hypothetical smoking in ages. Today, it would cost almost six grand annually to feed my habit. It'd be cheaper to smoke pot!

A pack of cigarettes used to be around the same price as a gallon of gas. This held true until fairly recently when state governments saw the gold mine of charging smokers through the cancerous nose for cigarette taxes. I suppose we should be thankful that we're not paying $8 a gallon for gasoline, but who knows. That day may be coming soon.