I'll never know the reason behind the boxes of 16
It used to be 18 and then they reduced them to 16...just another way of the vending machine companies to make more money...plus they cost about a £1 more I paid nearly £7 for a pack of sodding Lucky Strike the other week!...
Smoking is just a pleasure
Not for those poor bar stewards that tend the tobacco plants ;-) You see Mr WP smoking creates jobs too in a variety of industries if people didn't smoke what would happen to all those people in the factory where they make the boxes for the fags, what would the supplyer of card do if they stopped making the boxes, what about the printing company that print the logo on boxes? So it's far from being just a pleasure, it creates jobs for a considerable amount of people around the world.
As for the situation in Poland with prices rises, it's just a sign of the times, but I would say the increase of 1.50zl is quite steep it's a way to deter younger people from starting, it's working in the UK, aparently there are less people taking up the habbit and more giving it up.