As long as cigs stayed in a resonable price range, yeah you’d share. But the “It’s my last one” has long been an understood practice. It can be used as a cop out, but usually it is used when you have only a few cigs left.
That said I will always remember the gal I was asking a cig once, saying to me “Those are my last ones” and showing me a pack with 15 or more cigs in it to back that.
Back when I was in college that was the standard brush off to say to someone if I knew that giving them out would mean running out before getting back to the gas station. Of course, you don’t want to do that in a place where you’re going to be hanging out smoking in front of them for the rest of the night either so you have to be careful who you say it to.
But yeah, if I was walking from one class to another and someone that I’ve never seen before asked me for one, that’s what I’d say if I was anywhere near running out.
That is the one thing I miss about smoking in general. You can just walk up to random people and ask then to give you something of theirs that costs real money and they will generally do it and they will also chat with you while you smoke more often than not. You don’t see that type of social norm much outside of smoking. I am glad I haven’t smoked in a very long time but one of the unsung benefits of it is social lubrication among perfect strangers. But yeah, asking for a cigarette out of the last one or two in a pack has always been a mutually understood reason fro rejecting the request even when cigarettes were dirt cheap. It isn’t about the money. Smokers just don’t like being forced to go to the store to buy more when they are likely already rationing their own supply.
Take away the chatting while you use/consume what they gave you, women do this with pads and tampons. We know the horror of realizing you had forgotten you used up your purse supply. I’m not shy at all (a titch embarrassed, sure) about asking a totally random woman in a public restroom if they have one.
Wait, back up a minute here - smokers are an oppressed class? I’m afraid I’m going to have to call bullshit on that one. Smokers are being restricted from allowing the carcinogens that they choose to release into the air around them to affect innocent victims - that’s hardly oppression.
In my smoking circle (when I had one), it only applied to the literal last cigarette in a pack. You can take the last one if the person says “take it, I got another pack right here.” If you were the more superstitious (or affected) sort, you’d take the first cigarette from the new pack rather than the last cigarette from the last pack, although I don’t think that rule is particularly followed, and might have just been a quirk of our circle.
Always share. I recall one night at a bar where we all were there way after closing time. By 5:00AM when the consensus was to go home, and there was no place near by to restock, we pooled all the cigarettes everyone had left and divvied them up. A couple of people just wanted one, others got a few extra for having a long trip home.
Nope, that was back in college. And while my university had the largest concentration of hot chicks you could ever find in Paris(which was cool, and made me realize that class differences do play a large role in attractiveness), it was also one of the most right wings university you could ever find in France (which was uncool, except if you like to be beaten up by Neo-Nazis). That meant it was full of cunts, and more than a few of its students saw nothing impolite in telling you that was their last ones while clearly having enough cigs to share.