Cigarette manufacture dating codes
Remember to check while in the store as most retailers will not swap cigarettes or give refunds once you leave the store. Phillip Morris claims a 14 month shelf life of cigarettes which I would have agreed with a few years ago.
I think though PM products now carry around a 6 month shelf life only.
Slim lighters were first introduced in 1956, with a flat bottom and no date code.
The first markings were added in 1957 and overlapped into 1958.
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Instead though they don't care about freshness and often sell 2 year old cigarettes to unknowing consumers. A= January, B=February and so on through L=December and 9 means 2009. PM, RJR, and Lorillard all have there own customer date codes and the post above was correct about RJR's as it is the easiest.
In order to get the most out of smoking, one should always buy fresh cigarettes.
If you cigarettes are more than 6 months old from the date stamp you can expect a harsher taste and should consider just returning them while in the store. If they are not lazy they can receive full replacements from PM just by asking.
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Years ago i was told, by a marlboro quality department employee, that the "average shelf - life" for cigarettes is 3 months, depending on storage conditions.
At that time their company would admit selling an old, inferior product, and replace them freely. Now their employees are trained to deny this and claim staleness of cigarettes is "objective", while the whole time avoiding the issue, which is that their product is being sold at full retail price despite the fact that it is far outdated, and so stale (From an objective point of view.) Check the date code on the bottom of your marlboro cigarettes before buying, and if the julian date is in the 2 or 300's, with a "9" following the letter "y" or "z", do not buy unless your wish to pay full retail for stale cigarettes.