The vending machines are open at all hours of the night. Run out cigarettes on the way to work? Stop by a vending machine. Run out of cancer sticks at work? Bum it off a co-worker or go to the closest vending machine.
Seriously, I have seen cars stop, the driver jumping out to examine which type cigarettes are in the machine.
As far as I know, you can’t just buy them (or any kid would be), you need a special card to use the machines (I’m not sure where you get it, I don’t smoke). That rule might only be for the ones near me.
I remember one time at my university, there were a few Japanese exchange students who were teasing one of their friends for smoking. She was 18, so she was fine smoking in the United States, but if she was in Japan it would be illegal! (Smoking, drinking, gambling and voting age is
(((please excuse the last comment, the age here is 20, my brain apparently died.)))