Monday, 24 April 2017

CIGARETTES.


I was reading an article this morning on the east end of London and the writer was mentioning coloured cigarettes that his Mum used to smoke.
This got me thinking about my Mum and Dad and Brother who all used to smoke.

These are the coloured ones, looking really harmless and fun but of course they were lethel like all cigarettes.
Tom remembers having to deliver 100 of these each week on his paper round to a lady on the route.
I don't think children would be expected to do this now.


These Player's Navy Cut were my Dad's choice and he used to almost eat them.
I wonder how I survived as in the winter the room was completely fogged with cigarette smoke but we took no notice of it.
I might add that Dad died at a young age probably due to the cigarettes.


Weights were my Mums favourite and she would get me to go over the shop to buy them for her.  I can see her with one in her mouth while she did the housework and only taking it out to tap the long ash end off .
Again they did her no good at all as she suffered from lung problems in later life all due to the smoking.



Lastly we have the Senior Service.  These were my Brothers choice.
He had a triple bypass in his 60's most probably not helped by the fact that he smoked like a chimney.

Thankfully, even though I lived in a house full of smokers I have never been drawn to the habit.  I tried it when I was about 16 once, but never again and Tom stopped smoking years ago.

There, a post on cigarettes all bought on by reading about the east end and coloured cigs. lol

16 comments:

  1. I can relate to this. Our living room was constantly foggy, I had to go elsewhere in the house. Trouble was that the living room was the only one which was heated, so choke to death or freeze. My dad died at 46, smoking and booze related. Mum died at 64, she had managed to stop smoking but her diet wasn't very healthy. Now you can see why I am trying to live a healthy life.

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  2. My parents weren't smokers although my mother did try it once. My brother and I both ended up being smokers. I have quit a total of 3 times. The first time was only for 6 months, the second for a year and a half and this last time it's been 4 years. I hate the smell of it now, especially that dirty ashtray smell.

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  3. I grew up the same Briony. Mum smoked up until her 50's and now in her 80's is paying the price with breathing and heart problems. My brother, sister and I never smoked and are married to non-smokers. Enough smoke when we were young!
    Have a good week!
    Robin

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  4. My Dad started smoking when he was a child and continued throughout his life. He had just been diagnoses with lung cancer right before he died of a heart attack. Mom never smoked (hated it!) I tried as a teenager but didn't like it either. Zip has smoked all his life and still does. I wish he would quit but no such luck. Both brad and Kami smoke but not around me.

    Cool post on those brands of cigarettes. Especially the colored ones. I've never seen those before. We don't seem to have those brands in the US.

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  5. Strangely, our parents' generation seemed to have no idea that the effects of smoking were harmful, even deadly. My husband bitterly recalls his dad smoking in the car which made Jim sick on nearly every road trip. I rejoice for the family members who have been able to 'kick the habit!'

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  6. Don't think I've heard of any of those brands. Certainly don't recall ever seeing colored cigarettes. When I was 11-12, a friend's dad would get a huge box filled with cartons of Lucky Strike, the filterless kind. We'd snag a pack ever so often and hide it in a hollowed out gourd we kept in the woods and then we'd go out there to smoke. I can't imagine living in a house with smokers. I did smoke socially sometimes in my 20s, but would never do so now.

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  7. I remember Player's as my dad used to smoke these a long time ago. I think the image of the buoy on the packet was slightly embossed. As for Senior Service, my grandmother favoured these, so probably aptly named after all! She also had a weak spot for Teacher's whisky and Battenberg cake, but the cigarettes, spirits and cake all took a direct hit when she developed diabetes and other illnesses that were put down to old age but were bound to have been linked to these 'treats'.

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  8. Wow, I've never seen coloured cigarettes! I've never smoked. My husband used to smoke but gave up many years ago. Interesting how 'socially unacceptable' smoking has become.

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  9. The cancer and heart disease in my family has all been due to smoking, and the effects of second hand smoke are now also known to be deadly for those of us who lived with smokers as children...

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  10. Doooomed, my parents were 100 a day smokers my mother smoked the dreadful menthol ones , she gave up a few years ago and doesnt appear to have suffered any ill effect from it, 83 and fit as a fiddle , my dad managed 82 on lungs full of asbestos . but the record holder was great granny 98 years old and died with a Woodbine in her hand she was still perfectly fit till that point ...I however never felt the slightest desire to smoke to me it just stank...lol

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  11. I have never heard of any of these brands! The colored ones sure are pretty! Sad that they would lure young people to smoke! Maybe even kids. I, also, lived in a house of smokers. Of course, back then no one knew how deadly they were. When my family found out from the doctor, they were able to quit!! But many years later (50!) my mom got lung cancer.

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  12. I smoked for most of my life. I have COPD. I stopped last year and found a new life. My Dad smoked. Everyone smoked. As others have said no-one knew what real harm they could do. But the government make a lot of money from fags, taxes. They are addictive just as heroin etc are. But they make money for the government.End of.

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  13. On;y last week I was talking with a friend about those coloured ciggies. I have never smoked but in truth would probably be very tempted by the pretty ones if they had been freely available.

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  14. have to own up to having been a smoker but never came across coloured cigarettes. gave up when I was 39 best thing I ever did and so pleased that Catherine my daughter has given up and is doing so well, she stopped in january and so far still off them.When my Dad died we were amazed when moving pictures on the wall how badly stained the walls were and the pictures had to go back to where they were before till the room was decorated\!

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  15. Every cloud, even a cigarette cloud, has a silver lining. An Austrian entrepreneur is producing cheerful wrappers for cigarette packets so that smokers don't have to look at grim pictures of diseased organs when they light up.

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  16. I'm glad it's a habit I never took up too. Good for you for not becoming a smoker.

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