cigarette expiration dates

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  1. daj0kker

    daj0kker New Member

    Mar 18, 2009
    I would like to know how to read the expiration dates on newport cigs:

    the code i have on newport is: 9B28N340 16:31

    thanks for the opportunity to post.

  2. skullsoup432

    skullsoup432 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 7, 2009
    Michigan USA
    I don't think there are expiration dates. That is probabley just encoded with place, date, time of manufacture. It is used for internal quality control. A Julian code, maybe?
    I have not bought a pack of cigs in years, I don't even remember a code being on them.
  3. mrbw00

    mrbw00 New Member

    Apr 2, 2009
    Not sure on Newports, but on Philip Morris Cigs Ala Marlboro Etc, the date code goes like this,
    Example = V295Y82B3 / V 295 Y 8 2 B 3
    First Alphabet = State it was manufactured in, V=Virginia, N=North Carolina, etc.
    295 = Date of year Manufactured, with 295 being somewhere around Mid to end of October
    Y= Manufacuring Line produced on
    8= 2008, for newer cigs it would read 9 for 2009
    2,B,3 = is really irelevent but has something to do with the exact shift of day etc,

    Bottom line when purchasing cigs, Look at the first three Numbers that should be between 001 (Jan. 1st thru 365 for Dec. 31st) and than look at the first number after the 2nd alphabet that would be the year 8 for 2008 & 9 for 2009

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