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Old 05-30-2007, 10:01 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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First of all- I don't smoke. To each his own I say.
I am trying to help someone find a place to buy cigarettes relatively inexpensive. I was asked (repeatdly) to look into this for them so I told them I would check the internet with my favorite website; City Data.

This thread is not to start any smoking debates, so please reply only if you have a thrifty way to purchase cigarettes.

Long story short, these are for a few Senior Citizens on a fixed income. There is no chance in hell that they will quit smoking. I can't force them and I don't want to make them miserable in their last years of life. Over the age of 70 and stubborn as a mules, after many arguments, I say give them what they want & let them be happy. Also, I am not looking to make any profit. I don't need to.

So, I heard a rumor that there is an Indian Reservation that sells cartons cheap. Is this legal? Is it a rumor? I don't want to break the law.
Just thought I'd ask, asking can't hurt.
If you are a smoker (NJ) , where do you get your carton of cigarettes?

Feel free to PM me if you have info.
thanks
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Old 05-30-2007, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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Lightbulb Light 'em if you got' em!

Native American Reservations do sell cartons cheap they don’t charge the fed and state taxes on the carton. Also if you know of anyone in the military you can buy them at the PX or BX (post or base exchange). That is probably the best place. Even anyone retired from the military can buy at the PX.
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Old 05-30-2007, 10:13 PM
 
Location: In the sunshine on a ship with a plank
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From Jersey my mother used to drive into Pa to get them cheaper. She then discovered a way to purchase them online from overseas- she had to buy five cartons at a time to get free shipping but she saved a fortune. We always wondered about the legality of those purchases but she never had any problems.

Another idea- if you know someone in the carolinas, virginia, kentucky or TN you might get them to purchase them and ship them to you. Florida as well- a carton of Marlboro here is around $27-$30 at walgreens. But I believe tobacco growing states are even less expensive.
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Old 05-31-2007, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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I live right on the Canadian border and the duty free shop on the other side sells Winstons and such at $17+ or - for a carton. Another good option is to roll your own. Bulk tobacco, a rolling machine and papers enough for a carton will set you back about $28.00 and you only have to buy the machine (about $6.00) once. It takes a little practice to roll properly, but after awhile anyone can get them to be pretty close to the factory jobs.
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Old 06-05-2007, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Tampa baby!!
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I've heard some of the large casinos on the indian reservations have smoke shops that are pretty cheap compared to regular stores. I think most smoke shops in general will have lower prices than say Wal-mart. Another thing I know people have done is to buy the large cans of tobacco and papers and roll their own. I believe filters are also available for those people that do roll them. Also a plus, it makes them smoke less because it keeps their hands busy.

P.S. My mom is the same way. She has so many health problems, a few related to her mental health and nerves.
At this point, whatever makes her happy is ok with me. But, I do try to encourage her to smoke less because it doesn't make sense to chain smoke when one is on a fixed income. It's money just goin up in smoke...
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Old 06-05-2007, 11:30 PM
 
Location: City of the damned, Wash
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There are native-made smokes that are half price or better. Google King Mountain and see where they're sold.
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Old 06-29-2007, 06:06 PM
 
Location: IN
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Indian reservations are usually cheaper if you are near one. Some online places are cheaper. Try them out. I use to manage a smoke shop that did online and they were honest. Was a big business. I pay 27.00 a carton for my cigs. I stay aroujd KY area because the cigs are fresher. The further away you go the staler they get. Did I spell that right? sorry..
And oh please people quit bitching about the smoking and get a life. I've out lived every single person that bitched about my smoking. ha ha I'm still here and they are dead. lol. Next person who complains about my smoking is getting it right in the eye. just kidding.
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Old 06-29-2007, 07:53 PM
 
Location: NH
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Default Rolling Cigarettes

Make your own cigarettes. Tell your friend to get a rolling machine and make their own. Cans of tobacco are really cheap and so are the rolling papers. It may be some work, but it saves alot of $$$
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Old 06-29-2007, 08:54 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Default Very funny

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Make your own cigarettes. Tell your friend to get a rolling machine and make their own. Cans of tobacco are really cheap and so are the rolling papers. It may be some work, but it saves alot of $$$
There is no way they would ever be able to "roll their own" These folks as I mentioned earlier Senior Citizens.. ie Age 74+ not in the best health mentally nor physically.
I was just hoping to find a good deal for them. Their income is limited & minimal but they like to smoke.
Thanks to everyone for their leads & suggestions.
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Old 06-29-2007, 09:14 PM
 
Location: NH
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There is no way they would ever be able to "roll their own" These folks as I mentioned earlier Senior Citizens.. ie Age 74+ not in the best health mentally nor physically.
I was just hoping to find a good deal for them. Their income is limited & minimal but they like to smoke.
Thanks to everyone for their leads & suggestions.
It's not exactly rocket science to roll a cigarette, but ok. Here's what you do, drive down to North Carolina. The cheapest carton of cigarettes are $15-$18 per carton. Stock up...
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