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Say, what’s this, you ask? A cigarette post on a food porn blog? How vulgar! Uncouth! Degenerate!
And while I understand your reaction – let me offer this explanation. I do not smoke. I never have. Yeah, sure. I have puffed my way through a few in my lifetime, made reckless either by youth or alcohol but in all cases – I regretted it. I think cigarettes are really gross & I am very grateful for every stride this country takes making smokers feel like second-hand-smoke-baby-killers & relegating them to places like those DEPRESSING lucite cubes they corral them in at airports & the like. It is so nice to come home from a night at a bar & not return home with hair that smells so bad that it gags you. Nice not to have to wash all the clothes your wore, etc. The one time I can get behind smoking is perhaps controversial but I stand by it. It is OK to smoke if you are just trying to look cool. I mean – look at these babes! (images stolen from Google)
No. I am kidding. I don’t think smoking looks cool. Not anymore, at least. But, the reality is – is that my boyfriend is a pretty heavy smoker and I am blown away by the amount of money he spends on cigarettes. So – when driving through North Hollywood one day – I spotted a sign that read “Cigarettes – any carton – $24.95” and I thought of Miles. On his most recent trip to Los Angeles, I dragged him out there to suss out the situation. Neither of us had any real expectation that he would be buying cartons of Marlboro Lights for $25 but it was worth the trip to find out. We parked outside the very nondescript exterior (seen here – the white storefront to the left of Odyssey):
which was now devoid of any signage & stepped inside to see this:
It looked like a store that was going out of business. To our surprise – we were greeted warmly & cheerfully. Folks wanted to know how they could help. Miles inquired about the $25 carton of cigarettes & they explained the situation. You tell them your regular brand & they custom blend a few fresh tobaccos so that the resulting product tastes like your brand BUT without any chemicals or additives or any other harmful matter beyond what comes naturally in tobacco. Then – for $25 – they give you a box of 200 empty cigarette tubes & you use a huge machine there & basically roll your own! Here is the machine:
Inside looks like this:
They put your box of tubes in a large cartridge & slide it into the machine & before you know it – the machine is spitting out perfect cigarettes. Here is Miles watching his first few emerge.
And here is a video!
The finished product looks like this:
So – while I do not encourage anyone take up the very nasty & VERY dangerous habit of smoking – it is kind of nice – for the inveterate smokers out there – to have an option like this that cuts out at least some of the toxins & a lot of the cost. Perhaps, once you were fully transitioned to smoking just these – the quitting completely part might be that much easier. I don’t know. I just really liked the whole “roll your own” vibe & the people at Ciggy’s were really friendly.
Ciggy’s 4 Less is at 4812 Vineland Avenue in North Hollywood, 91601. They even sell Tupperware-style containers to store the ciggies in & protect them from being crushed. They also have a loyalty program involving referrals & frequent smoker miles. Check them out, smokers, and don’t say I never did anything for you!
And PS – they also claim to be able to repair ANY broken computer or smart phone!