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Cheap Cigarettes

by Johann M Smith and Steven Brand / 21.02.2011

“A cigarette is the perfect type of a pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?” – Oscar Wilde.

One that doesn’t cost an arm and a lung, we should think Oscar. It may have been an exquisite pleasure in the 1800’s but these days the cancer sticks are getting expensive, the bit about leaving you unsatisfied is still true.

15 years ago the ‘kasi smoker didn’t have anywhere to go when funds were low and nicotine cravings high. If you couldn’t pay British American Tobacco, RJ Reynolds et al. prices you were caught between a handful of loosies or as many rounds you could go with a packet of Boxer.

Since then, the borders have opened and a myriad of new faces are now to be found in ashtrays nationwide. Giving the chain-smoker a reason to rejoice and the taxman a cramp in the coffers.

Despite the influx of low-brow brands the price of established ones has sky rocketed. But a simple truth remains – something that’s common sense to the cheap cigarette cognoscenti: if you are willing to navigate your way cautiously through the often bewildering amount of choice available, you just might find a flavour and taste the same, but at a price much less insane.

Pacific Blue

Pacific Blue

This is the most obvious place to start because, even among non-smokers it is a name that has a reputation to boot. Though it may not have been the first, and is most certainly not the worst, it is the phenomena which is Discount Smokes. Notorious for “Not For Sale in South Africa” label, sold in both corner shops and reputable supermarkets (we’re talking to you Shoprite and Checkers). Pacific Blue is nobodies favourite cigarette. We know of many hardworking South African men, who would rather risk being caught on the train without a ticket than cross over to the bad tar side. It’s closest range in the full price range is Peter Stuyvesant Red, which sells loose for a rand fifty. Pacific for as cheap as 50c. The figures speak for themselves.

Price: R10 – R15
Nicotine: 1.4 mg
Tar: 14 mg



Yes, we’ve made the joke, smoking for Jesus. A habit that leads to Kingdom come. This recent edition to the pack, really comes as a godsend. Not that it offers anything new, both in the way of packaging  and flavour. If anything, Kingdom at first glance  threatens more of the same, under a less romantic  and  somewhat creepy name. But give it a chance, and you might find something that was lacking in the afore mentioned choice: Taste.

The taste that a Wilson toffee leaves in your mouth after you chewed it a half hour ago filtered through a Bedford exhaust pipe. It isn’t much but at least it is an alternative. To having your throat roasted by the angry flames from the afterburners of a jet engine.

Price: R12
Nicotine:  1.0 mg
Tar:11 m


Aspen Export Lights

Aspen Light is a side project of Japan Tobacco International – the folks who brought us Camel and mid-range alternative Liggett-Ducat (LD’s) from Russia. Strictly speaking it isn’t in the pirate range, more for those who prefer to keep their walk on the mild side. In short, it’s got a taste you know (and love), just less of it. Which serves you right for sitting on the fence. So either control your habit and savour the full taste of Camel, or take the plunge into mediocrity. You never know what might be waiting for you down there, beyond plaid and boredom.

Price: 17,50
Nicotine: 0, 7 mg
Tar: 8 mg

Atlanta Lights

Atlanta Lights

Atlanta is the unicorn in a sea full of dead donkeys. Because it is just that amazing. It is cut above, if not on par with the Marlboro’s and Lucky Strike’s of the world. It is most definitely a class above their half baked mid-price alternatives. And did we forget to mention the price?

When it comes to cheap cigarettes this is the holy grail and like its name sake, it’s a bitch to get into your hands on. A product of the UAE (Arabs know a good smoke), and illegally for sale in South Africa. But particularly well-connected Pakistani and Somali vendors can sort you out. If you manage to locate one (we could give you directions, but that would be a conflict of interest), please leave a carton or two for us. Canala?

Price: R8.00
Nicotine: 1,2mg
Tar: 10mg

Ones to avoid.

Admiral – Sailors are a masochistic bunch, dontcha think? Either that or they just have a preference for rough shag. No shame, one of us writing this article suffers from the same. But this one has a kick and a crunch that really takes you by surprise and from behind.

Mega 2.0 – who do they think they’re fooling with the fancy packaging of loose cigarettes? Keep it real. This brand knows what side of the N1 it belongs, but insists on living a lie (and the same goes for Sharp).

And if you ever come across…

Flying Horse – We picked this one up through the skid-row smokers grapevine. It’s worth tracking down just to see the packet. But going down to Germiston just to look for a silly smoke is a whim that even the most fanatical of cigarette spotters won’t indulge.

Pegasus – Tried this one recently for the first time. To be honest it’s a pleasant surprise; not quite on the level of Atlanta or Aspen, but a far trip from the Pacific-Kingdom ghetto. Would of bought a whole box if they had any to spare. Somebody must be on the same tip. But now that we think about, it may just be name behind the Flying horse alias. Which would be weird, but then again stranger things have occurred on the underground.

The fact is… cheap cigarettes are like tribute acts. They provide just as much fun, save you money, are not respected by reputable company and will perhaps stick around  a while longer like bad Bryan Adams’ covers in questionable joints.

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  1. morris says:

    I have Seville.pacific.chicago.voyeger for
    Sell.bulk buyers only.cotact me or watsap
    On 0719371346

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Can i get carton prices of couthleigh,rothmans,craven a and styvsant and where can i find you i am in vanderbijlpark

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  3. JB says:

    Hi I need know how much is a cost of a box o pacific and where can I get it ? I’m from germiston gauteng

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Whre can i get one um in lesotho willing to sell ur products

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  5. karel van Zyl says:

    I have been smoking Sharp sigarettes now for two years. Never had a problem. Now, for the last two weeks, I am battling to open the packets. The little lid on the side is not working. I must use a knife or something else sharp to open the packet. ?This is not acceptable. Although it is cheap sigarettes, I still pay for it. I am not getting it for free.

    I will stop smoking Sharp and go back to something else and I will also tell my friends to stop buying Sharp.

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  6. NBN says:

    willing to sell your products i am in Lesotho

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Where can I buy Voyager slim Cigarettes in Bloemfontein. Only Checkers Westdene Bfn stock them but they are permanently out of stock? Please advise?

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  8. Anonymous says:

    I need a box of styvesant cartons where can i get it

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  9. Anonymous says:

    “Smoking is a health risk… But picking your nose is out of fashion. HAPPY CLOUDING – E PIETERSE.

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  10. chantelle says:

    I bought a packet of Mega 20 this morning for my Uncle, he opened the packet to find only 17 cigarettes in the pack. I need to know who manufactures this name brand, as I would like to complain! I think its bullshit. Thanks

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  11. phillip says:

    hi I want to find out where can I stock coutliegh,styvesent and yes corton and how much is a corton if I buy in bulk.I stay at pta pls call me on 0764950452

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  12. Mervyn says:

    Hi im looking to buy cheap chicago bulk cigerettes in durban .
    Im in tongaat,

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  13. kesha says:

    I wish to purchase cheap cigarretes in bulk
    Please call me on 0812713145
    It is for the Johannesburg and lower South coast Durban area

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  14. sinives says:

    Where can I buy I’m in Benoni

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  15. Trevor says:

    My Dad is a pensioner and smokes Kent white, 0.1mg of tar, is there anything else on the market that is also very low in nicotine and tar levels but cheaper. Thank you

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  16. Nokubekezela Immaculate Hadebe Hadebe says:

    Hi there. I’m interest to buy tobacco from you,what must I do. Tnx

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  17. slindile says:

    hi I would like to know where ck cigarette is from ?

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  18. maks says:

    Hi I need to buy cheap cigarette, pacific,ck , aspen ,mega at a good price.please contact me 0847223547.

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  19. paul says:

    Hi I want buy a carton of all brand I need reasonable price coz I hv kiosk en I distribut.

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  20. paul says:

    I’m eastern free state.

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  21. paul says:

    My number is 0763265103

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  22. antonyho says:

    I want to buy stuyvesant and savahnah

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  23. Maritz says:


    I want to open a tobacco shop . I need a catalogue off all your products and a price list .

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  24. Gio says:

    I sell in BULK only .. cheap and proper cigarettes.. contact me in joburg : 079

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  25. Gio says:

    I sell in BULK only .. cheap and proper cigarettes.. contact me in joburg : 0793935615. im also on whatsapp

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  26. kholiswa says:

    I need something like catalogue with cigaretts flavours and their prices in bulks and cartons, I want to be a buyer and a seller.

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  27. Anonymous says:

    I want R j if sumone have contact me 0743186025

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  28. ibsa says:

    Hi. I need 50 box pacific i can buy every week any suppliers pls contact me on watsap 0027612417667

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  29. huff and puff says:


    Any pacific suppliers in durban.

    Please let me know on whatsapp 0714015311

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  30. Glady Bae says:

    Good day please send me a price list of the following mentioned below, Camel filter,Dunhill blue Peter Stuyvesant blue & Peter Stuyvesant red As i would like to resale.

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  31. Lawrence Dreyer says:

    i want to buy some of the cigarettes but the cheaps ones plz i need a prise of list plz?

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  32. tony says:


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  33. katalia says:

    i want pacific and aspen plz let know if there is any supplier around durban 0797958633 plz quiclky or soon soon

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  34. clayton says:

    pacific blue wholesale quantity available in maputo, mozambique, price R58 per carton, call 00258848834558

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  35. Shadrack says:

    I want to know if we have RG20blue

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  36. jake says:

    what is the price when you buy pacific and aspen in jhb.i am in durban call 0797958633 or call back plz

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  37. Just do it says:

    Stop Smoking

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  38. Just do it says:

    Stop SMOKING!!!!

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  39. nick dunn says:

    I buy small about 4 cartons a week where can I get

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  40. sameer says:

    If anybody saling aspen pls let me know i wil buy in bulk watsup me on 0617686086

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  41. Tammy says:

    would like to purchase Pacific at w hole sale price. Pleas e let me have the contact details U am in Durban Chatsorth

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  42. M Miah says:

    I want the Pacific

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  43. Jeanette says:

    What woul a packet of Malbora blue ice cost for 2 cartons and 2 Camel
    Same fr 2,cartons Camel activate.

    Thank you.

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  44. nonhlanhla says:

    Hi I would like to know where can I find you guys I want to sell cigarrettes asap I just don’t know where to find at least if I can have a catalogue or something wl appreciate ur response thanx have a great day NB I’m in johannesburg

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  45. Tau says:

    Hi guys

    How to get hold of you ?

    please respond on the above e-mail


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  46. sipho says:

    Wat a box of pacific or yes

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  47. Siya says:

    Hi Everyone. I’m a supplier of Atlantic cigarettes in SA and the rest of Africa. One of the most affordable cigarettes in the market today. Contact on 060 6746 270. Countrywide deliveries.Retail price is +- R 15.50 per 20 cigarettes. International brand standard cigarettes, as most units are sold overseas. (Europe, North America, Middle East & Asia)

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  48. contact me says:

    looking for wholesale nam,e branded cigarettes please buy in bulk

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  49. vuyo says:

    i want to know much is a box of pacific 20’s.

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