Mike–my sincerest condolences about you dad–and my prayers are with you and your mom.
as for smoking–long ago–and i have no problem admitting this–i was what is commen called a "Junkie"—a Heroin addict—it took me three tries over two years to quit. I started using it at 19 and quit at 22, I have been free from that terror now for 36 years. On the oter hand–i also was a smoker—started at 12 yrs old–actually a half pack a day all through jr high and high school, pack a day for about 20 yrs and 2 packs a day from age 40 till my 50th birthday where after trying to quit NINETEEN times over 15 YEARS i finally kicked the habit. Lets see—heroin—3 tries-in 2 yrs—-tobacco 19 tries in 15 yrs!!! and you know–i NEVER did steal anything or rob anyone for my heroin—but i DID steal cigerrettes!!!!!from my mom–stores–neighbors—even picked up long butts out of public ashtrays when i was broke and hithching around the country. As far as i am concerned–you want to smoke—fine—here in Oklahoma its commen in bars and restaraunts—but more and more they are offering smoke free space–recently the law required motels to offer smoke free rooms. I have no problem with it in any case–but i really dont care if they tax the crap out of them—$10 a pack seems fine with me.