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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 %0D I'm trying to prove how generous I've always been.%0D %0D Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 3606/07/2016

Cigs were 2.50 a pack as early as 1998 on the east coast.%0D %0D Talk about inflation.

by Anonymousreply 106/24/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 206/24/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 306/24/2011

I am guessing about 1970 also.

by Anonymousreply 406/24/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 506/24/2011

I started smoking in 1965 & they were 35 cents a pack in the midwest so 1970 is about right.

by Anonymousreply 606/24/2011

I'm sure you gave your grandfather the gift of cancer as well, OP. You ARE so generous!

by Anonymousreply 706/24/2011

I'm sure you thought that was terribly clever, r7. You're a minority of one.

by Anonymousreply 806/24/2011

BTW, Salem was Judy Garland's favorite brand.

by Anonymousreply 906/24/2011

You can take Salem out of the country, but


You can't take the Country out of SALEM!

by Anonymousreply 1006/24/2011

I remember paying about 50 cents a pack in the mid 70s

by Anonymousreply 1106/24/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 1206/25/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 1306/25/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 1406/25/2011

[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.

by Anonymousreply 1506/25/2011

OP is asking how much he saved his family on euthanasia.

by Anonymousreply 1606/25/2011

R14, you're in luck:

$21.75 a carton

by Anonymousreply 1706/25/2011

Well, these are pretty.

by Anonymousreply 1806/25/2011

Thanks OP, now I'm fascinated by all these brands.. I had no idea there were so many.

by Anonymousreply 1906/25/2011

OP%0D %0D I would guesstimate mid to late 70's.%0D %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 %0D In '61 a chili dog at Pink's in Hollywood was 25 cents.

by Anonymousreply 2006/25/2011

I loved Benson & Hedges 100's! Are those still around? I never see that brand anymore.

by Anonymousreply 2106/25/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 2207/24/2013

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

by Anonymousreply 2302/16/2015

My experience with Kent and Marlboro:

Newark NJ, mid-70's 35 cents/pack. Manhattan, late-70's. early 80's 50 cents/pack.

by Anonymousreply 2402/16/2015

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. . .

by Anonymousreply 2502/16/2015

My mom quit smoking in 1975. During the final year she was reduced to rolling her own (Daisy) because the price of her brand (Pall Mall) had risen to .50 a pack, or $5.00 per carton lol. My dad had quit a couple of yrs. earlier; I think he smoked Winston's. Anyhow, they're both still going strong at 77 and 80 yrs old

by Anonymousreply 2606/07/2016

IIRC, cigarettes were .50 a pack in California in 1978.

by Anonymousreply 2706/07/2016

How do poor people afford to smoke? Seriously I am just too cheap to have wasted money smoking. But back in the dark ages I smoked for affect when I was in bars or at parties in my home - I thiught I looked cool - of course then I needed a cigarette pack that matched my decor so I think it was Virginia Slims or whatever came in a nice shade of green.

by Anonymousreply 2806/07/2016

[quote]But back in the dark ages I smoked for affect when I was in bars or at parties in my home - I thiught I looked cool - of course then I needed a cigarette pack that matched my decor so I think it was Virginia Slims or whatever came in a nice shade of green.

Yes, there's nothing as "cool" as coordinating colors like that.

by Anonymousreply 2906/07/2016

Since you can blow smoke out of your butt, R7, kindly zip your bukake hole.

I'm old and wizened, OP, but I do have good recall. As a little tyke I remember the Rexall on our street in SF selling major brands for $.32 in the sixties. By the time I picked up the habit in the early seventies, they were about $.50. That price was pretty steady until the end of that cursed, sainted decade.

Now of course the majority of what the suckers pay for a pack is taxes..which have led to the complete disappearance if this sinful habit and a rainbow world where cancer is but a cruel and distant memory. Hehe, I sometimes wish that they WOULD ban tobacco products. The politicos would lose so much money and power they'd declare martial law.

I remember once sitting with my Gran, watching local news as she enjoyed her Pall Mall Red and ruby port-there was some story about this alter cockers that had reached some ripe, old age-when asked how he managed it, the Cribari Label Man crabbily barked out "never smoked, never drank..lived proper". My Gran sat up a bit and said loudly, "Aw shaddap, ya' boring old fahhhhht!" She never lost her Boston accent. Bless her.

by Anonymousreply 3006/07/2016

I'd say 1970-71.

by Anonymousreply 3106/07/2016

I remember when in 1977 I was a wee little kid and wanted to buy a whole carton of cigarettes for my father's birthday. I forget the cost but the grocery store sold them to me and made me promise to that I wasn't going to smoke them myself.

Ah the change of time huh?

by Anonymousreply 3206/07/2016

This is two years outdated, but gives you an idea of the cigarette taxes in various states.

New York levied 4.35 per pack (the highest)

Missouri levied 17 ¢ per pack (the lowest)

by Anonymousreply 3306/07/2016

From the above post link

[quote]Not shown here are local cigarette taxes, which can be substantial. In Chicago, Illinois, the combined state, county, and municipal taxes total to $6.16, while in New York City, smokers pay $5.85 per pack.

by Anonymousreply 3406/07/2016

I can't stand the smell of any kind of smoking. My mother was a huge cigar smoker growing up and I remember going to school reeking of smoke. She would even smoke them in the car with the window rolled 3/4 up.

by Anonymousreply 3506/07/2016

Poor R35.

by Anonymousreply 3606/07/2016
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