I was in the hood C-store, and I bought two packs of choc. chip cookies. The sista behind me bought a pack of Virginia Slims Menthol Lights, and I was surprised she could afford dat price at all.
She not only sounds like an offline smoker who ain't aware she can buy menthol light cartons online that taste a lot like Va Slims but the price is much lower...but she sounds like a "smoking version" of Michelle Obama. A sis who actually makes good money to afford a pack of menthols that cost more than even Newprts around here.
There are smokers like her who give into price increases by thinking like "Well, I can't quit. And I hate paying almost $10 for my Va Slims. So I guess I might as well buy a pack while I'm in this store."
(I didn't wanna ask her if she ever uses the net, cause I didn't wanna make myself look rude to her while she's in the middle of making a purchase)
But I refuse to quit myself for several reasons. And I'd hate the price for my own menthols too. But she is one of MANY offline smokers who would be surprised at how good a lot of smaller-name menthols taste if they ever get on the net one of these days and visit smoke shops. Maybe she is a lil bit aware of why the cig prices went up. But she likely has the attitude of "Who cares if I'm putting funds into SCHIP by buying menthols? I NEED my cigs, and this is the ONLY WAY I can get menthols period, motha!"
If a lady around here told me those words, I'd say "Wrong sista. You can actually buy Va Slims and I can buy Newports ONLINE if we want. There are even some menthols that are cheap but taste darn good for a cheap brand. If you ever get on the net next time around and learn about smoke shops online, you might be surprised at how many quality menthols are out there. You can send Philip Morris a lesson about abusing your money by trying some smaller-known menthols for a change where you can SAVE money. And don't assume just cause a menthol carton is only 25 bucks, that means those menthols taste like sh!t unlike Va Slims and ports.....that assumption would be WRONG!"