Cigarettes here in MA are over $10 a pack. You can sometimes find generics at $9.50.
I was on a business trip a couple years ago in a city that had seen some hard times. Everywhere I went, it was multiple "Hey, can I bum a smoke" followed by "Hey, you got any money?" (often in a less-friendly tone). I stopped smoking while outside and the problem went away.
Totally sucked, though. Non-smoking hotel, couldn't smoke at the customers' or in the rental car either.
Thank God for vaping!!!!!