The first time I ever came across Berkely cigarettes I was 15.It was on a train journey, I was alone and without any fags.By chance I ended up sitting opposite a lady in the smoking section.She was smoking Berkely Superkings.She kept taking huge drags and blowing all the smoke out through her nose, which invariably drifted across to me.I suffered a nicotine fit for what seemed like forever, until she lit a second one, I found the courage to ask if I could bum one!Not knowing of the common bond between smokers at this age I was pleased to accept when she said something like "of course sweetie, how rude, I should have offered you one".I smoked two on that trip and they certainly gave a satisfactory nicotine hit.But enough of the remenicing on days gone by. I am a lover of superking or 100mm legnth cigarettes (read my Raffles 100s opinion). Berkely Superkings (full stregnth, not the lights) come in an attractive maroon packet, available in 10s and 20s.They have .9mg nicotine and 9mg tar making then as strong as many other "king size" cigarettes.They have a pleasant taste and do not make your throat dry.They do not leave a yucky aftertatse like some brands.I actually brought 20 of these last week (my shop ran out of my usual Raffles).A pleasant smoke, they also don't burn down too quickly.I find them rather plain though in the taste department, but better than a lot of other brands.I now realise why that lady on the train took very deep drags and slowly exhaled through her nose, this does give a very nice tobbaco taste.Not too satisfying if you like a strong fag but if you don't smoke a lot I recommend them as they are not harsh.All in all, if your local has run out of your usual fags give them a try.I think a lot of people would like these, but I'll stick to the Raffles.
If you are a non-smoker then this opinion will be of little interest to you so feel free to rate it as low as you like but do please read it. Berkeley Superkings Lights is my chosen brand because of the lower tar content at 8mg and 0.7mg of nicotine, than regular cigarettes. The fags have a decent length of filter and are packed to perfection making them a comfortable smoke. Made by Gallaher Limited, a twenty pack can cost as much £4.05 or as little as £3.95 depending where you shop. The packet, in varying shades of blue, is the standard flip top and now carries a recently added declaration UK DUTY PAID on the back. Presumably this is to identify it from all those smuggled imports from the Continent. Now that should really prick a smoker’s conscience and force them not to buy smuggled goods. If the government is so concerned about cigarette and tobacco smuggling they should reduce the duty to the extent that prices in the UK are much closer to those abroad. Smuggling would then become unprofitable and the problem would be solved. However that will not happen as a recent declaration from the EU states that the EU is considering INCREASING taxes on tobacco products all over the EU to bring them more into line with Britain, which will have the same effect on smuggling. Writing other warnings on the packet like TOBACCO SERIOUSLY DAMAGES HEALTH and SMOKING WHEN PREGNANT HARMS YOUR BABY doesn’t do a great deal to put people off smoking. That is because we are addicted to the habit and find it very hard to give up. However the government in its infinite wisdom, has finally decided to help the smoker to beat their addiction, by making nicotine patches and the like available on prescription as from April 2001. There will now be a public outcry from non-smokers as to why nicotine junkies are getting free NHS treatment, at probably the expense of other NHS users, to beat a habit that they inflicted upon themselves. Well hard drug addicts
get free help from the NHS, as do those people who catch venereal diseases or become alcoholics. Now I know that smoking can damage my health but it is my choice and just as long as I don’t inflict the habit on someone else or force them to breath in the smoke then it is no one else’s concern except mine. That cannot be said for the millions of motorists who daily spew out poisonous filth into the atmosphere for EVERYONE to breath and there is no escape. So before people start calling the kettle black they should look at their own squeaky clean image to see just how clean it is.