Wow, I guess the prices are high because of the taxes. I checked Camel yesterday, it costs 1.60 azn (local currency) here, around $0.90. I bought Sobranie Blue for $1.68. Prices seem to be really low in dollars just because the local currency lost its value against USD.
When I smoked cigarettes, I smoked Camel Lights or Blue, or whatever they changed their name to. You can still get them for $4.90 (give or take $0.75) a pack in Alabama. But, I thought that it was interesting that the American Spirits still cost a tad over $9 a pack. The generic cigarettes can still be found for under $4.
When I smoked cigs I was a Woodbine man along with Capstan Full Strength, Players Medium Navy Cut and Piccadilly No.1 which had 25 in a pack. If I occasional smoke a cigarette these days I roll my own and make the smoke out of very finely shaved Warrior Plug that has been rubbed out to the consistency of RYO tobacco. The last time I purchased a pack of Woodbine they were about Eleven Pounds a pack and only came in 20s as the old 10s had been phased out.
Drum is actually not very prevalent here. Bugler, Kite, and Top are more popular, and of course people will roll PA and SWR.
My first cigarettes were Chesterfields. I would have stuck with them, because I loved the latakia in them. But, I haven't seen any on the shelves for decades now.
Cos, we don't have any of those here.
Is it wrong for me to fantasize about Chesterfields and Woodbines and Capstan Full Strength etc? Because I am! :lol:
Tailor made smokes here are either way too expensive or total junk imo, and being a connoisseur of fine tobaccos I just can't abide anymore.
I think I'd really like some of the Stokkebye ryo offerings, but I'm making do and all is well, relatively.