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 25||02/16/2015|
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|
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 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|