It is easy to assume that all cheap cigarettes are same especially after reading all those high pitched advertising campaigns. See some of these captions for yourself. Cheap cigarettes at discount price, cheap Marlboro cigarettes, cheap discount cigarettes; these are the same words written all over, regardless of where these cheap cigarettes are coming from. These are particularly found on online discount cigarettes sale firms’ websites. Isn’t it time we get some facts straight?
Composition of cigarettes cheap or of high price is of course the same but they differ in their processing and quality of ingredients that go into making them. They include, in general, tobacco, paper, filter materials and additives in addition to paper gum. But how do they differ, especially what is the difference between cheap cigarettes in USA and cheap cigarettes in Europe?
Well, there are several techno commercial differences between the cheap cigarettes from these places. First, the premium cigarettes like Marlboro, Camel, Winston, Virginia Slims, and Salem are manufactured and shipped from duty free zones in Eastern Europe. As they are tax free they become really cheap even considering shipping cost involved. There is a small catch though, your country may levy you import duty.
However, look at these low points. First of all, one who smokes Marlboro regularly may find imported cheap Marlboro cigarettes tasting differently. This is something which the regular smokers don’t want to agree. This may not truly be the case as same brands are manufactured in similar fashion everywhere barring a few exceptions where regulations are slack or the franchisee manufacturers themselves circumnavigate the regulations. Sometimes, this may also be because the preservatives and additives not regulated in one country may be enjoying a valid status in another. But the difference may be attributed to be more because of the additional shelf and shipping time required than anything else.
There is another reason for cigarettes made in Eastern Europe to be cheap. The establishment and running costs there are pretty low when compared to establishing a similar sized factory in USA.
If you want to buy cheap cigarettes from your local shop you may be required to buy as many as 4-9 cartons in one go which isn’t the case in an online tobacco store where the basic price of a single carton itself is far lower than the lot you might have to purchase there locally.
Internationally, popular brands like Marlboro, Camel, Winston, 555 and many are clandestinely smuggled sneaking through duty nets. This is driven by popularity they enjoy all around but in the process countries loose what is legitimately their tax revenue. However, from cigarette smokers’ point of view, they have become cheap so that they can afford to enjoy these international brands. The estimated total revenue loss to governments stood at US$ 30 billions.