PLEASURE WARNING: Smoking is addictive; once you feel the pleasure you may never want to stop.
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
(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
(Lifted from another website.)