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Cracking the Marlboro Date Code.

Some of you may know I have a fondness for Marlboro Smooth 100s. They're not very popular in my area and I've been having difficulty finding fresh cartons. So, before you buy, how do you know you're purchasing something fresh?

A date code is printed on every pack and every carton. Here's an example:

V331Y73A1

Let's decode:

V: I believe is the plant it was manufactured in. I've only seen Rs and Vs for Marlboro Smooth 100s. I've seen others for my second favorite, Marlboro Red 100s.

331: The day of the year (1 to 365). In this case, 331 puts you into very late November.

Y7: Year 2007.

A1: No idea.

I've found that for the best experience, cigarettes up to 4 months old are wonderful. 4 to 6 months are OK, but anything older than that and they become bitter and harsh and should be avoided.

-pleasure_admin

Please leave comments if you have more information.

Comments

If you're a smoker who has

If you're a smoker who has multiple cartons, you can always keep your cigs in the freezer or fridge so they can STAY fresh for a long time. It is true that cigs can get stale after 4-6 months (even if the packs are unopened). A pack you open up yourself for the first time can get stale within 24 hours after opening it.

freezing cigarettes and cigars

I've been told that keeping tobacco products in the fridge is a good way to keep them fresh. They stay moist longer. I've also been told that putting them in the freezer is not the best place because it literally freezes the moisture that is in the product and when it thaws it gets "too wet". Another thing to consider is the ice crystals that build up inside items in the freezer. You know that loaf of bread that when you take it out has the ice in the bottom of the bag, well those same ice crytals are in the packages of tobacco.

trying to get fresh ciggs IS BAD IN FLORIDA

I HAVE MOVED TO FLORIDA AN BEE HAVING TROUBLE FINDING FREASH CIGGS HERE I SMOKE 100 LIGHTS MARLBORO IT SUCKS TO BUY A CARTON AT 30 DOLLARS PLUS AN THEY SNAP IN HALF FROM DRIED OUT AN TASTE LIKE SHIT I ALMOST GET LUNG LOCK AN WAKE UP KNOWING LIKE A BREATHED IN A DUST BOWL THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH IT I WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO TELL THE FRESHNESS DATE AN GET FRESH CIGGS HERE IS THERE ANYWAY????

You can always get fresh

You can always get fresh cigs online at:

http://agoodcigarette.com

The catch is: In order to buy fresh Marlboro Light cartons at only $27/carton here (plus shipping), you can only pay by e-check. And the cartons can only be delivered to your home and not to a different address.

Thee are several smoke shops online. But this shop has the freshest cigs you'll ever find, and their customer service is excellent! I know because I've been a customer with them for 10 months.

No, you can't buy cigs by the pack at ANY online smoke shop.

Philip Morris in Poland is

Philip Morris in Poland is making a large 6 month stocks!!! to make the new year price growth less noticeable to smokers. I just bought 2 packs of LM and Marlboro and you can just imagine how shit they taste!!! I'm sending them back to get a refund and i'm quiting smoking !!!

Whoa whoa,

I dont think you need to jump to such extreme measures because you smoked a bad cigarette. I think you should just order some online and be sure they came from somewhere other than where your buying them, then light up a smoke and chill. After all, thats what a good smoke is for...chillin.

I have lived in Florida all

I have lived in Florida all of my life and have never had a problem finding fresh ciggs. And yes the freezer trick does work but I am lucky if I can make a carton last a week :) As far as what the A1 means, I have no idea....

What About Prince Albert Date Code

I have decided to start rolling my own Prince Albert since the FSC paper, and have came out a lot cheaper and have become to like it better than pre rolled . Prince Albert is owned by Phillip Morris now and it has a code like this (KTLI2) on the top of the box. You can call philip Morris and they will tell you the date it was made but have no way of telling you how to decipher the code yourself. Anyone know about this code I would like to know. By the way when I called they said this code was May 2009.
Thanks for any info.

Marlboro Code Europe

I live in the Netherlands, and there's a new kind of code here on the packs...
I didn't notice it at first, but i just got some new sigs at the local gasstation here and than i saw it. On the small side where also stands where the cigs were made there's on the bottom a grey block with a white code.

This is an example of the code; "F55 KC5 R3D 7QG" on another pack; "SGE HL7 Q9F JR9".

Is there something special about this code ??? Can it relate to an production-date ??
Or are they finally gonna make a lottery, too get rid of the billions they have ??

V is the state is it

V is the state is it manufactured in.

331 is the day of the year it was manufactured.

Y pertains to what shift it was made. XYZ; X=morning, Y=afternoon, Z, midnight.

7 is the last number of the year it was manufactured. (2007)

3A1 pertains to the individual that packed the product.

I work at a Duty Free store and this is the information that we received from Phillip Morris regarding the code.

So the code you have: V331Y73A1

V=Virginia
331=November 27th
Y=Afternoon shift
7=2007
3A1=person who packed it.

Demystifying your PM Cigarettes

Ok, I will be honest, I am not a smoker. However, I am in charge of ordering the cigarettes at the grocery store where I work, thus in charge of making sure the dates are in check. As per the Julian Date Codes Sheet direct from Philip Morris states, shelf life for regular cartons (denoted by a V, N, P, or W before Date number) is 12 months and 15 months for those manufactured in cold storage (denoted by C or R before the Date number). So complaining to Philip Morris about "stale" cigarettes before the year is up is going to serve no purpose. And those of you who want to blame the retail stores for stale product, the problem may not be your retailer, but more likely your retailers wholesaler. I know I have ran in to that issue several times from my wholesaler and when inquiring about it I was told that as long as it has 3 months of shelf life left it is ok to ship to retailers.

Decipher this please

Hi I have purchased Marlboro Lights Swiss made. The code is 317N-14 what does this mean? I am trying to figure out the mfg date. Can some one help please.
Cheers!
AK

Marlboro god

i just bought a new package the seller told me it's fresh i have a code
R299Z18A3,
please inform me if is it fresh or not.

They're old.

That's late October 2011.

Sorry,
-pleasure_admin

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