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Date Code decoded for all major brands.

In order to get the most out of smoking, one should always buy fresh cigarettes. Here's how to tell if your cigarettes are fresh (I think 6 months is too long and don't buy anything more than 2:)

Philip Morris Brands:

(Marlboro, Parliament, Virginia Slim, Parliment, Basic, L/M, Bensen & Hedges, Merit)
The date codes for Phillip Morris products are on the bottom of the packs. The first set of 3 digit numbers signifies the day of the year. There are 365 days in a year and on leap year there are 366 so you just count the days. Then there is a letter of the alphabet and then a number which the number tells you what year it is the same way as the Pall Mall, Doral, and so on does.

Example: S270B0 = November 6th, 2010

RJR Brands:

(Winston, Camel, Salem, Doral, Kools, Pall Mall, Misty, Capri, Vantage)
The date codes for RJR products are on the bottom of the packs. It will say FSC, and a letter and a number. The letter is the month (A=January, B=February, etc) and the letter is the year (9=2009, 0=2010, etc.) That is the date they were made. Add 180 days to that, and that is when they expire.

Example: FSCB0 = February 2010

Lorillard Brands: (Newport, Maveric)
The date codes for Newport products are on the bottom of the packs. The first digit number signifies the year (9=2009, 0=2010 etc.) The letter is the month (B=January, L= February) using the following frase “Black or White” each letter representing all 12 months. Add 180 days to that, and that is when they expire.

Example: 0L = February 2010

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(Lifted from another website.)

Comments

Great Info

Great Info.

I actually had the PM date code explained to me a while back by a PM customer service rep. They actually seemed quite interested in retailers that aren't rotating their stock - basically they don't want customers to get older and potentially stale cigs. As I recall, the first letter in PM brands indicates the factory (V on my Marlboro Gold Pack means "Virginia" and the other is some shift code which changes every 15 minutes - so the "B" means between 1215 and 1230 am. If there are more numbers/letters they indicate the machine. The key is to only buy your smokes at a place that sells a lot. Not much of a problem with popular brands but I can see how people who smoke less common brands could get older cigs. According to that same rep, anything under 180 days should be just fine and in most cases even a year is ok. I'm a little dubious of a year, but I always seem to get packs between 60 and 90 days old so it isn't an issue.

For the record, I'm pretty sure that Capri and Vantage are RJR brands.

I've made the changes.

That's what I get for copying and pasting. I've moved Vantage and Capri to RJR.

Thanks,
-pleasure_admin

sometimes older is better. . .

I am a cigarette enthusiast, however, I detest the FSC flavor which led to RYO, so mostly I smoke Bali Shag, but I do still get factory rolled cigarettes & when I do I prefer to get okder packs w/o FSC. I have always smoked a great variety of brands & love the subtle differences of each recipe. . .when Lucky Strike filters were still available Stateside,they're what I liked most. . .Gitanes Blondes are my alltime faves & sometimes I dig the Gauloises oldschool nonfilters. . .those French cigs have a wonderful charcoal taste to them. . . anyway, most recently I've found quite a few drugstores have some Marlboro Virginia Blends that are pre FSC & I'm tellin' you, they taste so much better than an FSC smoke regardless of age. . .most noticeable with the first morning smoke the preFSC are so much better, I get a gag-reflex from FSC. . . so thanx for the decipher so now I'll be able to find out exactly how old these smokes are. . .also. love the site, it's pretty damn cool. . .

A little confused

I am from Canada but smoke Camel Filters so mine are imported and have this weird inscription on the bottom... It doesn't say FSC anywhere.. Inscription = JJA18B05

If anyone could help it would appreciated.. thanks

Can you confirm this stamp?

Just wanted to verify the production date of a pack I have...from what I understand of this explanation v353x18d2 would have been produced in December of 2011? Any way it could have been 2001?

Thanks for the help.

benson & hedges undated

hi, just found this unopened box of b&h without a date, i was wondering how old it is or if it's worth anything ?
the box is gold with black strip on top.

Irish cigerette

I found a box of cigerettes and want to know how old they are? I have the batch codes which are G020-72 B033086 16630 but don't know how to tell how old they are, can anyone help please ????

DavidOff

Hi could you please elaborate on the decoding of DavidOff ?

help

At the bottom of my marb reds the code suggest my one half empty pack was made in june 2011 and the unopened one in march 2011 we're in 2014 is that even possible. The opened one is S185B1 and the other is completely different. It's S06301 ? Help

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