Does anyone remember what year a carton of Salem cigarettes cost $5?
That was the first gift that I bought (for my grandfather) with my own money, and I''m trying to figure out the year.%0D\
I''m trying to prove how generous I''ve always been.%0D\
Cigs were 2.50 a pack as early as 1998 on the east coast.%0D\
Talk about inflation.
Cig prices are outrageous now. Like R2, I remember cigs being 2.50 a pack in the late 90s, and this was in NYC. They are currently $13. If prices on alcoholic beverages kept increasing the same way, there would be protests in the streets.
I think you''re talking the early 1970s if I''m not mistaken, OP. The reason I know is because I just received one of those birthday cards with the year you were born, and I remember reading a carton of cigarettes cost approx $4 something. I was born in 1970.
I am guessing about 1970 also.
They were about $12 a carton in 1987. Assuming 3% inflation, that means they cost $5 in 1957. But we know cigarette prices don''t follow the same inflation pattern as other products, so to answer your question OP, I have no idea.
I started smoking in 1965 & they were 35 cents a pack in the midwest so 1970 is about right.
I''m sure you gave your grandfather the gift of cancer as well, OP. You ARE so generous!
I''m sure you thought that was terribly clever, r7. You''re a minority of one.
BTW, Salem was Judy Garland''s favorite brand.
You can take Salem out of the country, but\
You can''t take the Country out of SALEM!
R J Reynolds ad campaign, ca. 1975
I remember paying about 50 cents a pack in the mid 70s
OP, the answer depends entirely on what state you lived in and what the cigarette tax was. \
I grew up in North Carolina which always had a very low cigarette tax. I believe it was something like 2 cents a pack in the 70s, raised to 5 cents a pack in the mid 80s.\
During high school, circa 1979, I worked in a grocery store. I very distinctly remember putting price stickers on cartons of cigarettes -- $2.99. \
Also worked in a grocery store in college (also in NC). Distinctly remember customers complaining when cigarettes hit the $5.00 mark. That would have been 1983-84.
R6 and R12 are correct.\
Unless you lived in a tobacco state, 1970 is about right.\
When I started, in 1964, cigarettes were $.25 and were at $.50 by 1970.
I drove from New York to Florida a couple of years ago and when I made a pit stop in Georgia I was shocked to find out that a carton of Marlboros cost $15 fucking dollars! I went crazy and bought five cartons to stock up.
[quote]They are currently $13\
WHAT?! One PACK is $13? I don''t smoke, so I have no idea. I assumed they were a few bucks a pack, maybe $5 at the most. \
Seriously, I''m shocked.
OP is asking how much he saved his family on euthanasia.
I would guesstimate mid to late 70''s.%0D\
I remember, when visiting NYC (from California) in 1978, I purchased a pack of Benson & Hedges from a vending machine. The charge was 75 cents and I remember thinking "what a ripoff!"%0D\
In ''61 a chili dog at Pink''s in Hollywood was 25 cents.
I loved Benson & Hedges 100''s! Are those still around? I never see that brand anymore.
I know for a Fact that back in 1983 A Carton of Salem longs was 5.00 That was the year I quit smoking plus it was my brand as well. I just wish I save the carton back then to have proof.
Western Massachusetts 1965 cost of major brands i.e. Winston, Marlboro, Salem, Newport etc. $2.50 CARTON ( .25 cents a pack) friendly places charged $2.00 carton
Baltimore, MD 1975 a carton of major brands held steady at $3.72 or .39 cents per pack
My experience with Kent and Marlboro:
Newark NJ, mid-70's 35 cents/pack.
Manhattan, late-70's. early 80's 50 cents/pack.
I did cigarette runs down the corner store for my mom in the mid-60s when Kents were 35 cents a pack. ( That pack could buy you a whore in Romania 20 years later). Imagine, when a nice old man would sell tobacco to a 10 year-old. . .