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.
Does anyone remember what year a carton of Salem cigarettes cost $5?
|by Anonymous||reply 36||06/07/2016|
Cigs were 2.50 a pack as early as 1998 on the east coast.%0D %0D Talk about inflation.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||06/24/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 2||06/24/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 3||06/24/2011|
I am guessing about 1970 also.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||06/24/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 5||06/24/2011|
I started smoking in 1965 & they were 35 cents a pack in the midwest so 1970 is about right.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||06/24/2011|
I'm sure you gave your grandfather the gift of cancer as well, OP. You ARE so generous!
|by Anonymous||reply 7||06/24/2011|
I'm sure you thought that was terribly clever, r7. You're a minority of one.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||06/24/2011|
BTW, Salem was Judy Garland's favorite brand.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||06/24/2011|
You can take Salem out of the country, but
You can't take the Country out of SALEM!
|by Anonymous||reply 10||06/24/2011|
I remember paying about 50 cents a pack in the mid 70s
|by Anonymous||reply 11||06/24/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 12||06/25/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 13||06/25/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 14||06/25/2011|
[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 Anonymous||reply 15||06/25/2011|
OP is asking how much he saved his family on euthanasia.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||06/25/2011|
R14, you're in luck:
$21.75 a carton
|by Anonymous||reply 17||06/25/2011|
Well, these are pretty.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||06/25/2011|
Thanks OP, now I'm fascinated by all these brands.. I had no idea there were so many.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||06/25/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 20||06/25/2011|
I loved Benson & Hedges 100's! Are those still around? I never see that brand anymore.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||06/25/2011|
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 Anonymous||reply 22||07/24/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 23||02/16/2015|
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 Anonymous||reply 24||02/16/2015|
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 Anonymous||reply 25||02/16/2015|
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 Anonymous||reply 26||06/07/2016|
IIRC, cigarettes were .50 a pack in California in 1978.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||06/07/2016|
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 Anonymous||reply 28||06/07/2016|
[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 Anonymous||reply 29||06/07/2016|
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 Anonymous||reply 30||06/07/2016|
I'd say 1970-71.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||06/07/2016|
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 Anonymous||reply 32||06/07/2016|
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 Anonymous||reply 33||06/07/2016|
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 Anonymous||reply 34||06/07/2016|
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.
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