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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 2502/16/2015

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

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 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
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