My good friend Taro saw my blog post about his buying loads of cigarettes before the huge price hikes so he sent me photographs of his "collection."
Taro used to smoke two packs a day, but over these last few years, he has begun to conserve and now a pack will last him about a day and a half.
If you look at his two shipments from the last two days (he had to order ten boxes from one shop and ten from another in order to get delivery before today; the price hike day) then you realize that he has enough cigarettes for about one year.
Japan has very humid summers and so cigarettes won't last long in that weather. In the winter, on the other hand, it is very dry and so they will keep quite well.
I wonder if the Japanese government takes that into consideration whenever they raise cigarette taxes... It seems that tobacco taxes are raised only in October.
This is one set that any smoker would like to "collect them all" in his collection!