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A pack of cigarettes is a rectangular container, mostly of paperboard, which contains cigarettes. The pack is designed with a flavor-protective foil, paper or biodegradable plastic, and sealed through a transparent airtight plastic film. By pulling the "pull-tabs", the pack is opened. Hard packs can be closed again after opening, whereas soft packs cannot.

In the interest of cigarette machines, the packs mostly have a uniform size.


Package size

In the United States, the quantity of cigarettes in a pack has to be at least 20. Certain brands, such as Export A's, come in a pack of 25.

In Canada, most packs sold have 25 cigarettes, but packs of 20 are also popular.

In many European countries, increases of cigarette tax can cause the quantity of cigarettes in the pack to change, in order to achieve the same end price.

In Britain brands are usually sold in packs of 20 but most popular brands are also available in 10s. Vending machines often dispense packs containing 16 or 18 cigarettes, although the dimensions of the packaging are the same as the equivalent pack containing 20.[1]

In Australia, the most common quantity per pack is 25, second to 20 which by law, must be the minimum. Some brands have 30, 40 and even 50 in a few brands.

Hard pack

A hard pack is the usual mode of paperboard packaging for store bought cigarettes, which consists of a relatively stable box. This successfully prevents the crumpling of cigarettes when kept in a person's pocket or handbag. The flip-top hard pack cigarette case was introduced in 1955 by Philip Morris.[2][3]

Soft pack

A soft pack is a box packaging made of relatively thin paper, usually containing 20 cigarettes. Soft packs can be considered inconvenient as they rumple easily and cannot be resealed. They do, however, offer the immediate convenience of not having to open the package each time the smoker wants a cigarette. Also, they require less physical 'pocket space' when fewer cigarettes remain in the pack. Soft pack cigarettes are fresher then hard pack, also you can, if you have talent, can bend a soft pack cigarette into a "U" shape.

Collectible pack

Camel Collector’s Pack,1918

Some cigarettes' packs present a particular interest for collectors. There are cigarettes packs labeled “collectible”.

Some brands introduce promotional packs to bypass advertising laws, such examples would be a limited time promotion where the pack is made from tin, with the shape and purpose, and look of a cigarette case to entice potential buyers.

They are distinguished by unique décor or are very old or they were removed from manufacturing for some reasons and consequently became rare.


  1. ^ "Cigarette Vending Packs". Licensed Trade Vending Supplies. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^, accessed January 31, 2010
  3. ^, accessed January 31, 2010

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