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Before I start this review I am not going to apologise for being a smoker. I have been one for many years and at the moment I rather like smoking though of course I don't say everyone should and do recognise the health effects it has on smokers like myself. However, smoking can be an incredibly expensive pastime of course. I can easily spend over £60.00 a week when my finances allow me to on Benson & Hedges which is why I will smoke cheaper branding cigarettes fro time to time and I do smoke roll ups to save my pennies rather alot. The other day my flatmate went out to get our fags and I asked her to pick me up a packet of ten of the cheapest cigarettes she could see, as I was seriously low on money and these were the result. I have of course heard of them before but never (to the best of my knowledge) ever bought or even smoked one before. The Packaging: Whether you buy a packet of ten or a packet or twenty the box appears the same and it's only the size that differs. The box is dark blue with silver and black writing on it and I am basically told that they are JPS, John Player Special, I'm given a health warning on the front of the box, I am also shown a photograph of a child on the back of the packet inhaling smoke and the composition of the cigarettes are given (10mg tar, 0.8mg Nicotine and 10mg carbon Monoxide). The packaging to me does appear a little cheap and tacky looking but the packet opens and closes with ease and the inside contains foil to retain the freshness of them. The Cigarettes: Well like I said previously I got a packet of ten of them to smoke. They are standard size, with a long light brown filter to one end, under that JPS is stated and the cigarettes of course are tightly rolled. Taste wise well what can I say? You can tell these are a cheap smoke really. When inhaling them they taste a little on the sweet side, exhale and they are rather harsh in their flavour and not one bit smooth. They smell like other cigarettes when lit and when blowing smoke out of course are just as unhealthy as any other tobacco and nicotine based product. These are not a good option for me though. I find them to taste cheap and to me are not as strong in flavour as my favoured, more expensive brands. Too harsh, they make me cough like a lunatic and unless I'm seriously skint ever again I can't see myself purchasing them through choice...ever! Expect to pay about £2.82 for a packet of ten and about £5.60 for 20 in all good supermarkets and general shops etc.
I was 15 when I started smoking. In hindsight I can see that this was a very, very stupid move, and if I could turn back the clock I would never have done it. It wasn't until the effects started kicking in that I regretted it, and by then I was hooked on 10-a-day. Originally I just smoked whatever I could get my hands on, usually Lambert and Butler, but I found them to be quite harsh and badly made. The first time I ever smoked a JPS was during a week of Work Experience I did at school, at the local newspaper office. I went out reporting with one of the younger reporters and he smoked, and he offered me one. I lit it up and took a long drag. That was enough for me to decide that JPS was my brand. They taste very smooth in your mouth, none of the horrible after-tastes associated with Royals and B&H, and they're not so strong that they wreck your throat, but strong enough to give you a good nicotine hit. They also don't make your lungs feel as if you've inhaled chemical fumes like some brands. They are priced comparatively low. £3.80 for a 20-pack at my local shop, which is about on par with other low-end brands such as Lambert and Butler and Mayfair. This makes me wonder why they aren't as popular as L&B - a much better fag for the same price. But, whatever you do, don't go out and start smoking. I'm 29 now, and nearly 15 years of habitual smoking is taking it's toll. Luckily my financial position is good, so I can afford to smoke...but I could be so much richer if I didn't. If however you're an addicted smoker, definately give these a try.