Eric Wolbert has been a nonsmoker for 30 days.
He quit his pack-a-day habit because he’s watched cigarettes hurt too many people, including his grandparents, who died of lung cancer, he said.
Plus, smoking’s getting too expensive.
“You can’t find a pack that costs less than $4 anymore, and those are nasty ones,” said Wolbert, 36, of Waterloo, Ill. “Right there, that’s $2,200 a year up in smoke.”
The young man in the tall swivel chair at the mall seems lost in nicotine nirvana as he takes a deep drag on a cigarette and blows smoke rings to the surprise of passing shoppers.
Sarah Kruberg, a 21-year-old college student from Portola Valley, Calif., does a double take but keeps walking.
“I knew it couldn’t be someone smoking a cigarette,” she said with a laugh. “But I didn’t know what it was.”
, March 28, 2009
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