If I ran a business, or was able to make a law on this idea I would. I would give smokers their own line, shared with lottery/scratch card people. I am sick to death of going to (insert any store), getting in the 10 items or less line (aka express line), and having to wait for some poor, non-smoking employee to find the (insert overly specific cig brand here), or some $2 scratch card with some asinine theme that makes zero difference and offers no more enjoyment to the buyer over the $2 card next to it. Believe all you want, you do not have better luck with one card over the next, you are playing predetermined odds and odds are you will lose.
Don't get me wrong, I understand preference. I would rather drink Diet Pepsi over Diet Coke, or Zebra Cakes to Twinkies. However, my preferences do not hold up a supposedly quick line, or even a slow line. Tonight I stood in the express line for 10 minutes because a-hole customer #1 in front of me thought pointing and grunting would get the job done when it comes to picking out cigarettes from afar. Every fraking time I go to a gas station I somehow get stuck behind the not-so lucky lotto player who also happens to be a smoker. I feel like I'm generally a patient person. If the waiter forgets to come back to my table for 1/2 an hr so I can order my meal, I don't say anything, but this nonsense has got to stop.
I'm not asking for anything unreasonable I think. A single line that handles lotto and smokers. I'd throw dumbasses paying for things in change (over $5) and people who cant figure out the debit card machine into that mix, but that happens to infrequently that I'm honestly not that troubled by it.