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Lots of cigarettes

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:54 am
by Stevenloan
Hi everybody! Is there an idiomatic way or a common term to describe a woman or a man who smokes lots of cigarettes a day?

Your answers will be greatly appreciated.

StevenLoan

Re: Lots of cigarettes

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:53 am
by tony h
He is a human chimney.
A chain smoker. ie he starts the next cigarette from the one he is just finishing.
A twenty a day man. (Or insert a suitable number).

Re: Lots of cigarettes

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:29 pm
by Phil White
"He smokes like a chimney", although I don't hear this so much nowadays. Either because fewer people smoke or because fewer people have dirty coal fires.

Re: Lots of cigarettes

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:52 pm
by Bobinwales
With cigarette prices being what they are in the UK, I would have thought a good a good description would be, "Skint"!

Re: Lots of cigarettes

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:53 pm
by Stevenloan
tony h, Phil White and Bob : Thank you guys so much for your answers.

StevenLoan

Re: Lots of cigarettes

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:20 pm
by Shelley
tony h wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:53 am
A twenty a day man.
We usually called ourselves, "pack-a-day" smokers, or (horrors!) "two- or three-packs-a-day." Cigarettes came twenty to a pack, so the result is the same. I was a pack-a-day smoker, off and on, until, thankfully, I quit for good -- almost twenty-five years ago.

Stevenloan, I know your question has been answered sufficiently, but I wanted to add my two cents. (I remember when that's how much a cigarette cost!)

Re: Lots of cigarettes

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:23 pm
by Phil White
Shelley wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:20 pm
... but I wanted to add my two cents. (I remember when that's how much a cigarette cost!)
And I remember the days in the UK when a tobacconist would split a pack and sell single cigarettes ... and when you could buy a pack of five Park Drive.

I gave up my twenty-a-day habit last year and have become entirely civilized, if eccentric, and now smoke a pipe, to the great amusement of most who see me.

Re: Lots of cigarettes

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:29 am
by tony h
Phil White wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:23 pm

I gave up my twenty-a-day habit last year and have become entirely civilized, if eccentric, and now smoke a pipe, to the great amusement of most who see me.
I miss the opportunity to smoke a pipe, it ws a great aid to managing the rate of conversation to the leisurely pace of my thinking. Conversation is all too nippy these days.

So what type of pipe does Phil keep I wonder? Or does he have a collection?

Re: Lots of cigarettes

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:05 pm
by Phil White
tony h wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:29 am
So what type of pipe does Phil keep I wonder? Or does he have a collection?
I had naively assumed that if one started smoking a pipe, one became a pipe-smoker. In fact, one becomes a pipe-collector. One has morning pipes, afternoon pipes, evening pipes, walking-the-dog pipes, just-in-case-I-have-a-few-minutes-after-the-meeting pipes, Virginia tobacco pipes, English blend pipes, Latakia pipes, Lakeland blend pipes, bent, thoughtful pipes, straight, stern pipes, churchwarden pipes and any combination thereof.

Re: Lots of cigarettes

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:25 pm
by tony h
Phil White wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:05 pm
tony h wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:29 am
So what type of pipe does Phil keep I wonder? Or does he have a collection?
I had naively assumed that if one started smoking a pipe, one became a pipe-smoker. In fact, one becomes a pipe-collector. One has morning pipes, afternoon pipes, evening pipes, walking-the-dog pipes, just-in-case-I-have-a-few-minutes-after-the-meeting pipes, Virginia tobacco pipes, English blend pipes, Latakia pipes, Lakeland blend pipes, bent, thoughtful pipes, straight, stern pipes, churchwarden pipes and any combination thereof.
and then there are the pipe cupboards, spill holders, cleaners, reamers, pipe lighters (the Nimrod is a favourite).

Re: Lots of cigarettes

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:45 am
by Stevenloan
Shelley : Thanks so much for the terms. They are wonderful.

StevenLoan

Re: Lots of cigarettes

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:12 am
by BonnieL
Shelley wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:20 pm
tony h wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:53 am
A twenty a day man.
We usually called ourselves, "pack-a-day" smokers, or (horrors!) "two- or three-packs-a-day." Cigarettes came twenty to a pack, so the result is the same. I was a pack-a-day smoker, off and on, until, thankfully, I quit for good -- almost twenty-five years ago.
Congratulations! I was a 2-pack-a-day smoker for 20 years, and quit about 26 or 27 years ago. I should have written it down, but I was afraid of jinxing my effort. I'm glad I quit. Not just because I'm in better health, but because I'd never be able to afford them now.

Re: Lots of cigarettes

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:31 pm
by Bobinwales
I smoked 20 a day for most of my life but then I met Margaret in 2002. She is an ex-smoker, and that was then end of me as a smoker.