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For an example, see the Related Question for Newports.
Generally, cigarettes are sold well within any expiration date, especially if they are name-brand cigarettes or popular off-brands.
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wiki How's Content Management Team carefully monitors the work from our editorial staff to ensure that each article meets our high quality standards. If you want to know when a product was manufactured, you'll need to know how to read date codes.
Pall Mall, Doral, Kool, Misty, etc..to the letters FSC you should see a letter of the alphabet and a number.
The letter of the alphabet determines the month that they are shipped to you: A=January B=Febuary and so on The number is the last number in the year like 9 would be 2009 or 0 would be 2010 Marlboros and Virginia Slims are a little different The first set of 3 digit numbers signifies the day of the year.
Being a previous Marlboro (King Size Soft Pack) smoker but now smoking Winston as they are less expensive this is interesting. The other makers which are considered Value or Discount brands do not manufacture the same brands daily and instead focus on one brand a month (with the exception of Star Scientific).
Consider just deviding this number by 30 for the nearest month this date could fall in.
Z = this is the month of production (the letters they have are still unknown so just use the number method).
9 = equals the year of production I hate stale cigarettes and stores which sell them so I hope this helps someone.
Remember to check while in the store as most retailers will not swap cigarettes or give refunds once you leave the store. Phillip Morris claims a 14 month shelf life of cigarettes which I would have agreed with a few years ago.