PLEASURE WARNING: Smoking is addictive; once you feel the pleasure you may never want to stop.
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:
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.
Please leave comments if you have more information.