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Buying fags is a nightmare at the moment.

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EssieTregowan Sat 04-Feb-17 12:46:12

I know, I know. But it is. They're all changing over to the same sludge green packaging.

Which means all the shops are winding down their stock so they never have the cigs I want. None of the staff anywhere know what the new packaged ones are.

The fags I bought yesterday have turned out to be 'crush ball' ones which means if you squeeze the filter they turn menthol. Boak.

It's almost enough to make me quit.

Bugger. That's probably the point.

Whinge whinge whinge. AIBU?

saladsmoothie Sat 04-Feb-17 12:48:11

Yeah. YABU smile

Sieze this as an opportunity to quit!

ThymeLord Sat 04-Feb-17 12:49:13

Just switch to roll ups, much easier wink

MyGodLikeChin Sat 04-Feb-17 12:49:16

The cigs I buy have changed to black packaging and now coordinate better with my wardrobe grin

Crankycunt Sat 04-Feb-17 12:49:27

I just ask for 20 pall mall and hope for the best.

I know I need to quit, I'm planning on it, but not right now.

NapQueen Sat 04-Feb-17 12:50:20

it's almost enough to make me quit


Floggingmolly Sat 04-Feb-17 12:50:51

All the brands are changing to uniform packaging?? Are you in the UK?

Stopandlook Sat 04-Feb-17 12:52:06

Good. You really don't want to end up with COPD. Or worse. Quit.

gamerchick Sat 04-Feb-17 12:52:06

Lucky dip fags at 7 quid a pop grin

I quit because I begrudged the stealthy ninja price going up every month. This would have tipped me over the edge. We all have a preferred brand. angry

Its a bit of an own goal by the government though, they're already whinging about revenue lost by focusing on regulating vaping. That's next probably.

OllyBJolly Sat 04-Feb-17 12:52:12

Good news!

Zaphodsotherhead Sat 04-Feb-17 12:52:28

You ought to try selling them! People put the bloody things in the wrong slots, I have to read the packets to make sure they are the right brand, and the pictures they're putting on them are horrific!

I don't even SMOKE!

LEELULUMPKIN Sat 04-Feb-17 12:52:37

That's why I send DH on a fag run while we still can! He doesn't smoke but happily hops on a plane for me.

Floggingmolly Sat 04-Feb-17 12:56:21

Oh, I've just googled! Very wartime austerity looking confused

Chloe84 Sat 04-Feb-17 12:56:33

There's a thread live where the OP has 500 Silk Cut to sell. I sense a deal.

RebootYourEngine Sat 04-Feb-17 12:56:36

Im not a smoker but i dont like what they are doing to the packaging. Would it be acceptable to put livers from alcoholics on vodka bottles or print drink driving stats on bottles of stella. I would think that there would be up roar.

melj1213 Sat 04-Feb-17 13:01:58

The problem isn't with shops winding down stock, it's with companies not delivering ... I work in Asda and our cigarette deliveries have been really hit and miss of late, because the companies are trying to ensure they have sent out all the old packaged products first, as they have a deadline after which they aren't allowed to use them, whilst also starting production on the new packaging they send out what they have which isn't always meeting demand. And of course you alway sget deliveries overflowing with stuff you don't need and nothing you do.

Also the companies are having to change packaging sizes too - rules on loose tobacco is changing so that the minimum pack size will eventually be 30g, whereas currently you can get packs in as small a size as 9g ... so they are starting to phase some out, but 25g pouches are the ones hit hardest at the moment, as they are one of the most popular, but he one requiring the most change when it comes to production.

And that's before you get to the store where it's so much harder to see in an order if you have something in. We have daily deliveries but in the past, if someone has asked for something we don't have on the shelf, we could open the crates or check the overflow cupboard and see at a glance if we had had any delivered, but now, with the identical packaging, if we have had a big delivery/lots in the overflow then it's impossible to see if your particular brand is there without looking at each individual packet, so we have to go by what's on the shelves, try to get deliveries out as fast as possible and regularly audit the over flow cupboard to try and make sure stuff gets rotated enough.

TheCustomaryMethod Sat 04-Feb-17 13:02:27

YANBU if you've been given those horrible squeezy filter menthol cigs - echo your boak there!

I'm not too bothered because I switched from Silk Cut (which had lovely packaging) to a cheaper brand with horrible packaging a few years ago - the plain packaging is less aesthetically offensive than the previous box.

Maudlinmaud Sat 04-Feb-17 13:03:11

I know op. The packaging is making it very hard to distinguish the brands.

The anti smoking comments test my patience. angry

Puzzledandpissedoff Sat 04-Feb-17 13:07:35

Switch to vaping instead ... much safer, far less antisocial and a tiny fraction of the price smile

Trifleorbust Sat 04-Feb-17 13:07:43

Never smoked and hate the smell, but I also hate the vilification of people engaged in a perfectly legal activity. Live and let live (ish).

Prawnofthepatriarchy Sat 04-Feb-17 13:08:35

It's a bugger, isn't it? YANBU. The gruesome pictures will be on booze in a few years time.

There was one gruesome picture that (I think) was someone's neck but from upside-down it looked like a very very old lady's fanny. I had a giggle about it with my mates. They've dropped it now, and I wonder if they realised. grin

cbigs Sat 04-Feb-17 13:10:16

I soooo hear you op!! I keep getting sterling green not Richmond menthol 😳 or kings not super kings they're not the same!!! Why not stop smoking then you dick head

LEELULUMPKIN Sat 04-Feb-17 13:13:03

Floggingmolly - So maybe they should just have "Keep calm and carry on" written on them?! smile

Floggingmolly Sat 04-Feb-17 13:14:51


Maudlinmaud Sat 04-Feb-17 13:15:07

Good! They need those types of pictures on everyones lovely bottle of wine, for "wine o'clock"
The picture on the packet I bought this week had a child sucking a dummy with a cigarette sticking out of it. I mean, fucking hell!

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