Though I don't smoke, I was VERY shocked that a long time store item was removed, without explanation.
If some Gaia Team is having a problem with an item, at least gather up the courage to talk to Gaians about it. Not just sweep things under a giant rug.
I agree completely with this. Before removing an item that's been around for so long, I think it would have been better (at least, P.R.-wise) to have led a discussion on the forums over it. After all, that is what this site is for... discussion and/or debate!
"A thin cigarette imported from a far away land. They are addictive and bad for your health but make you incredibly sexy."
- Item Description
In my opinion, if you removed the (ironic to this whole new stand against tobacco) statement "but make you incredibly sexy," this whole issue could be neutralized. People in this virtual world would be reminded of the unhealthiness, like every time they look at a cigarette pack in real life, but they still have their own choice to make. Also, there would be no positive claim towards the product.
The Cig was one of the first items I saved up my Gaia gold for a long, long time ago... heart