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can’t stop smoking…

I quit smoking a bit over 12 years ago. I really, really LOVED smoking.

I smoked a lot. Most of the time, breathing=smoking, and I breathed in about 100 cigarettes a day for many years. The whys and hows of quitting are a long story and not really one for a Sims download site, but I will say that I miss smoking like I’d miss one of my limbs, and I still have dreams where I smoke with varying degrees of secrecy/defiance, and wake up both guilty and wanting a cigarette.

There are two recolors of an Art Deco style round ashtray and cigarettes, with mesh by boblishman, two recolors of a totally neurotic-seeming and fiddly dirty ashtray, matches and cigarette packs by stylist sims, and three recolors each of cigarettes with phones and/or ashtrays and/or wallets by crayonsama, which I 1)adore, and 2) found on a Chinese forum. All of them are either vintage or current US or Japanese cigarette brands/packs except for the stylist sims ones, which I made up.* All meshes are included. The boblishman mesh is free @ MTS2 and normally I’d make you go get it yourself. However, it’s only available as part of a 4.8MB pack of assorted Retroville set deco items, and I thought it possible that some of you might not want to download the whole thing. If you’ve never looked at the Retroville pack, though, you might want to browse the thread; there are some interesting meshes included that don’t turn up elsewhere. The Retroville thread is here

boblishman: http://www.divshare.com/download/4693674-1b6
or http://www.mediafire.com/?x09svzwaxvx
or http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BC4TSTXT

crayonsama: http://www.divshare.com/download/4693672-e98
or http://www.mediafire.com/?bolyhy0wzlx
or http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TAXOWNZB


stylist sims: http://www.divshare.com/download/4693675-32b
or http://www.mediafire.com/?dpty9jzrdji
or http://www.megaupload.com/?d=I3HORAXX

My, but I’m chatty today.

As for the soundtrack…back in the 1980s when people made mix tapes, I went through a phase where I included this song on pretty much every compilation I made.** It had a companion piece that I can’t find a digital recording of, unfortunately – a vitriolic speech to the Willy Lomans of the world from a 50s sales motivation LP that warned against putting the desire for a cigarette ahead of the desire for a sale. Oh, well. I think that sort of audio “joke” was probably more of an 80s thing anyway.***

Click to play Can’t Stop Smoking by Alien Sex Fiend

[audio:AlienSexFiend_CantStopSmoking.mp3]

Supposedly, you can somehow download this from the player…but I can’t figure it out – and not all WordPress widgets work like they’re supposed to anyway, so if you’d like to have the song for your very own, you can get it (along with a bonus ASF song) here: songs! (The files are huge – 9 MB each – I think because I had to convert them from wmas.)

If you are desperate to know where I *think* I got the black wood floor from, there is a very lame WCIF entry here.

* and, oddly enough, my (former) brand of choice is not represented because I couldn’t find a good picture of what must surely still be a major brand in Canada. Huh. Probably just as well, since doing these recolors got me feeling all nostalgic about having ashes everywhere and coughing a lot.

** another recording that achieved obsessive repetition status was the Shaun Cassidy cover of David Bowie’s Rebel, Rebel, used to such an extent that friends finally asked me to please stop including it.

*** because everyone realized that you were not only clever, but skilled, i.e., you’d managed to drop the needle/push the recording buttons with such perfect timing that the seque between between the ironic or ridiculous snippet and the actual song following would be perfect and seamless. This could also be interpreted, usually correctly, as a labor of love of one form or another.

14 Comments on “can’t stop smoking…”

  1. #1 Izar
    on Jun 9th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    I fricking love this! Downloaded all three of them and I’m happpy! XDDD
    I quit smoking two years ago, but I have a sim who need more more more cigars hehe
    Thanks!

  2. #2 Mayo
    on Jun 11th, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    This collection is really interesting and my sims would really love it šŸ˜‰ Thank you!! I’m a little ashamed to ask, but could these be uploaded to a different site? divshare doesn’t allow downloads from my country… :'(

  3. #3 jungseowon
    on Aug 5th, 2008 at 12:43 am

    hi~! everyone

  4. #4 allen
    on Aug 7th, 2008 at 7:09 am

    oh, yeah! XD I just luv it!

  5. #5 pieridae
    on Jan 1st, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Thank you for this. What is it about ciggies? I am newly preggers and so have quit, and had cut down tremendously beforehand. Even though I don’t crave the nicotine – could care less really, I miss the act of smoking. Le sigh. With all that crazy science and technology, why can’t they make a healthy cigarette? Anyway I ramble. I will have to live vicariously through my sims on this topic. šŸ™‚

  6. #6 Sarah
    on Jan 19th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    i adore these. I dont smoke but they are done really great and overuse them as they are great clubber

  7. #7 KD
    on Jan 20th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Are these smokable on sims?
    I love ciggs :]

  8. #8 StickyKisses
    on Feb 8th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Um, don’t suppose you would want to share your blog code with a total stranger, would you? (Found you from Gos and thanks for the smoking accessories!) This is beautiful, but I would want to change the background pattern, and the colors, and the top picture. I love how the background pattern just sits there, that is perfect!

    I’d be more than happy to donate to your favorite charity, and include also linky and attribution to you, if that makes any difference. I’ve been wanting a pretty blog, but the free WordPress themes just aren’t doing it for me, and the thought of learning html on top of everything else going on in my life right now makes me cry. lol

    Email if you care to chat — I am most anxious to get my grubby hands on yet another reincarnation of this design!

  9. #9 Mrs-Minelease
    on Oct 17th, 2010 at 2:29 am

    My gosh !
    This is so cute *-*

  10. #10 Mina
    on Aug 18th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Hey, i tried to download this and it came up as a note. I want to let my sims smoke too !!! lol
    Can you help me out please???

  11. #11 Grace
    on Sep 5th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Hey! I can’t wait to try them out. But before I do that, what category are they in???? =P

  12. #12 Yavannah
    on Dec 25th, 2014 at 8:56 am

    First these are awesome, so thank you very much for these.
    And the cause I’m writhing for you is that none of those download links doesn’t work. So could you please check and fix them, because I’d like to have those stuff in my game, thank you.

  13. #13 shastakiss
    on Jul 7th, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Hello nixy! I’ve re-uploaded your files here https://www.mediafire.com/folder/bwyz2f4s82sm4/nixy_elegantdecay_cantstopsmoking
    All credit to you and the original creators, I will remove it if you need me to.

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    on Apr 29th, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    […] – Toronto Living Ashtray & CigĀ (on floor) –Ā Could be in this lot,Ā ElegantDecay White TableĀ – No idea where this one is any white table would work, I found this one […]

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