I used to smoke cigarettes. I started as a teenager hanging out with “cool” people. Later, it was simply a drug addiction. Granted, there was something special about that first cigarette in the morning with a cup of coffee. It’s sorta like a junkie who gets a fix after going a couple of days without one. Luckily, I gave it up a long time ago. I hope I never go back and I’m happy that people in the United States seem to be consuming less and less tobacco. Wikipedia says that “Smoking rates in the United States have dropped by half from 1965 to 2006 falling from 42% to 20.8% of adults. As of 2014, the current number of American smokers is 18.1% according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” I think that’s a good thing. But the same article says that overall tobacco usage in the world will continue to rise to unprecedented numbers in the near future. That’s because tobacco is big business, even at $1 a pack like you see in this picture.