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My husband and I have been buying Marlboro Light 100's for about 12 years now. And we have noticed the last carton we bought, the cigarettes don't burn right, you have to light the cigarettes at least four times just to get through one. We are very disappointed in this and will not be purchasing Marlboro's anymore.


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May 03, 2022 9:18 am

My husband and I have smoked Marlboro Lights for years. The cost became outrageous here in Texas. So, we added nicotine replacements to cut back. This worked for awhile, but we decided to cut more costs by switching to Marlboro Light Special Selects. About three days after the switch we both got sick. We thought it was a coincidence and kept smoking the cheaper cigarettes. It seemed to get worse. The plhegm in our lungs was horrible. Hacking yucky stuff! We had never had an issue with this before. Recently, we purchased a new vehicle and decided to cut back smoking even further by not smoking during drives. Our smoking was cut in half, throughout the day. Immediate improvement with our lung phlegm, but still there we never had this issue before with the more expensive Lights. Just curious if anyone else is noticing adverse effects from the cheap alternative? And why are Special Selects so much cheaper?

Oct 13, 2018 8:47 am

I have had loose stool more than twice a day and coughing since the new FSC [censored]ty taste

Aug 13, 2009 10:23 pm

Why on earth is everyone freaking out? Ive burned my finger on several occasions, while drunk ofcourse, forgetting that I had a lit cigarette in my hand. I just wish they could find a solution to prohibit lighting the wrong end of a marlboro light when your drunk. But seriously, was it this bad when they changed the 1960's marlboro red colors to the less of a cherry red to a brighter red in the mid to late 70's? Is it that big of a deal people? You still get your nicotine, that we obviously and desperately need. Would anyone have noticed if it weren't on the pack or if we wouldn't have been told? Probably not. You wouldve just sucked harder. If you don't like it, switch. But the other companies are all going to follow suit if this little plan sticks. So, shut up, light up, and suck harder to keep your preciouse little life line lit, I know I will. Have a great day and thank you for smoking.

Aug 01, 2016 3:35 am

bought 3 cartons of unsmokable marlboros".
80$ a carton and if their tring to deliberately kill people quickly why pick on the working man?i been smoking over 20 yrs. and never had this happen before ive been shopping all over but getting the same thing, (1)one cigerette stomache ... If i dont find my regular marlboro like very soon 1-2 days im going to another country. Sick of paying for you to give me a stomache
I understand why they put fire ###ent so they go out quickly, i've smoked them without incident.but since end of january ive tested like 10 cartons all the same get me a regular pack of cigerettes or heads will roll.oh yea my coworkers agree too its not just me their are 30 welders at this plant and the cigerettes are either tasteless or they give an emedit stomache .

Aug 01, 2016 3:35 am

I bought a pack of Marlboro's special blend lights and the whole pack of cigarettes tasted awful.. Like a chemical taste that made me light headed.. I stopped trying to see if they were all like that after a few cigarettes.. The box that held the smokes was perfectly sealed properly so i don't know why they tasted so awful..

purchase the deal in early february have not receive the goods
the receipt no is [protected] can you please help
thank you Sheree Lobb

Aug 01, 2016 3:35 am
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I smoke Marlboro brand cigarettes and pay the high price to do so. I am very disappointed lately with the quality . The tobacco is loose the paper it's rolled with is not sealed tight which causes the tobacco to fall out or burn poorly. I pay to much for this product to be defective and this is not just one occurrence! It's repeatedly happening and the company needs to be aware.. For this quality I might as well roll my own! Very unhappy!

Apr 08, 2016 6:32 pm

I Have been smoking Marlboro 100 for 27 years and have never had any problems, but that last carton I got the cig had holes poke in them so I thought you might light to know.
Kathy Sprague
147 Tee St
Hammond or 97121

Jan 04, 2013 4:32 am
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These So Call Safely Paper Cigarettes, Not So Safe! About Middle Ways In The Cigarette, Go Out You Lite Back Up... It Flares Flame Like A Blow Torch ... I Have Had That Happen Lot Of Times... Especially In Marlboro's...

Im not gonna lie im a minor smoker but ive been smoking for 3 years now. Ive noticed that marlboro red 100s burn weird, taste like ###. Annnd start burning filter about alittle over an inch n half before the paper even reachs the filter Paper. WTF! i wish i had the luxury of switching off this Peice of ### brand now. But sadly those are the ciggs. My parents smoke. They'll be switching soon though.

Sep 26, 2010 11:13 am

I been a marlboro light 100's smoker for many years, and with in the several years, I found that they just don't taste or even smoke right, they really suck, I hate them, and I'm not ready to quit just yet, So I will have to switch to a different brand. I will be sending PHILLIP MORRIS A NOTE ON HOW BAD ALL THE MARLBORO CIGS. ARE.

May 21, 2010 10:33 pm

The problem here is marlboro, it's a bum brand. I have, and always will smoke true blue 100's soft pack. Its a smooth smoke, and you can see the difference: draw, cherry holding on to the tip and slow burn time. Sure, its $8 a pack here in MA, but it takes me a few minutes and thats more than my friends get out of their brands (Marlboro lights, Merit 100's and I believe one friend was smoking Parliament). Unroll a Marlboro, and compare that to when you unroll a true.

Apr 26, 2010 9:47 pm

I was a 27 year Marborol Light customer. I live in Fl. They are now $50 bucks on sale, $55 REGULAR. I started smoking Richwood Filtered Cigars. They are so much smoother than a Marborol Light and they cost $12 a carton. They are sold at tobacco outlet stores and sometimes I run out when they are closed so I buy 2 packs of M Ls. I too have noticed the aforementioned FSC lable. I also thought I was getting stale cigs. I am smoking one right now from a weekend pack. It tastes like a Spirit or a USA OR WORSE YET A CHECKER. What a stupid move by Phillip Morris . They already lost many life long customers due to taxes. Now they have even lost my " oh s*** the outlets closed I gotta pay out the a** for cigs again" business.
Are camel lights FSC also? I used to smoke those when they where on 2 fers.

Mar 23, 2010 7:56 am

heatherbirdlady said it to perfection. F*CK FSC. give us our ciggs back. i bet the motha f*ckas that changed the law don't even smoke. F*CK the american government. They want to get rid of us smokers with that damn carpet glue poison. F*CK YOU Government!

Jan 04, 2010 8:26 am


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Oct 26, 2009 12:02 am

I know cigarettes are bad for peaple allready...but add a fireproof chemical to them and this will surely kill us FASTER . . one thing Ive learned in life is fireproof products are a major health hazzard (this will be like ASBESTOS) they are not safe they SUCK ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Oct 24, 2009 11:38 pm

This was my old brand, hubby and I had to switch to Camel Wide Lights. They not only changed to fire safe cigarettes, which are completely pointless because they don't go out in the ashtray - only when you are smoking them - then when you get down toward the filter, the cherry will just fall off and burn you/the carpet/furniture/etc. I was really disappointed with this - I have tasted generic 2 dollar a pack smokes that are better than the new Light 100s. This was my favorite non-menthol cigarette. Philip Morris can kiss my ### if they think I'm going to pay 6 bucks a pack for an inferior cigarette that is akin to roll-your-owns in quality!

Oct 24, 2009 11:10 pm

Wow I can't believe all the people having the same problem I have. I thought is was just me. My last carton I bought is so bad, constantly going out, flair up when relighting and yesterday I almost set a friend on fire when a large piece fell off on to her pant leg and stayed glowing read. I had to swat her leg to get it to go out. I scared her to death. I'm trying to find a way to make a direct complaint but have not found a way yet. At $60 a carton this is BS.

Sep 30, 2009 9:19 pm

That is what cig's do now. The tobacco companies changed the cig's to Fire Safe. That is where they burn out if they are not smoked. Hence, FSC on all the cig. packs.


Marlboro 100 regulars have gone way downhill over the last six months.
They won't stay lit and the flavor tastes like cow dung. Are these mexican imports being pawned off on us?
I also notice that they've cut way back on the nicotine about a year ago. My consumption has since doubled trying to get my fix.
Then I find that I can quit smoking for two or three days without going through withdrawl symptoms.
I've had to finally switch over to cigars to get my nicotine fix.
Been smoking marlboro 100 regulars since 1971 and this is the first time I've ever noticed a change in the product. They made some rather obviously changes all of a sudden, taste, burn time has shortened - burns like a firecracker fuse - the taste changed dramatically and they won't stay lit. And, they doubled in price about the same time all these changes took place.

I understand the goverment nannies are "sin" taxing the hell out tobacco, but marlboro should be up front with honest and full disclosure to their clients about any changes in the product, and then let their clients make an informed choice. If it'sd something mandated by law, then smokers can pressure their congressmen. If Reynolds makes the changes without dosclosure, then Reynolds will take the heat. It's a matter of trust, and this underhanded ### pisses people off! If these changes lead your clients to feeling betrayed, they will quit. And the only ones that have more fury than a woman scorned, is an ex-smoker pressuring congress to put you out of bidness. That will result ina no-win situation for both you, and your loyal clients.
So wise up Reynolds and get your ### together before it bites you on the ###.
If you want to market a nicotine-free cigarette then do it, but for God's sake, rename them to marlboro blanks or something, rather than masquerade them under the banner of regulars!

Sep 17, 2009 12:38 pm

I have the Answer to all your problems.

Quit Smoking

Aug 25, 2009 3:41 am

I got the story that some idiot burned himself to death smoking in bed and a cigarette company was sued for it! Since then, it would seem that all the cig companies are going to the FSC cigs to avoid the repercussions from that lawsuit. I refuse to buy cigs at the latest prices and I refuse to smoke those NASTY FSC cigarettes. Try the self-rolling products that roll filter cigs and buy a quality cig tobacco. I prefer Bali-shag light or full-flavor since I smoked Marlboro reds or lights. I roll mine tightly packed and my cigs burn for a long time. Once you roll a few mistakes and then get the hang of it, it'll take you about 15 minutes to roll a good 20 somkes that taste great! Also, costs a heck of a lot less too.

May 26, 2009 2:53 pm

What is it that makes them fireproof? Is it a chemical for some sort? If it is I sure hope they have done the reasurch and aren't going to say come back 10-15 years from now and say ..oops they cause cancer so sorry folks!

May 25, 2009 9:44 pm

I agree. It's a bunch of sneaky, underhanded state legislators who are responsible for this. I only heard about this 3 days ago. Two days ago I bought my first carton of Marlboro Light 100's only to discover that what I had been told about them was true. I can't imagine why this wasn't put on a ballot for each state to vote on. It's a total conspiracy to tax smokers, who are never given any say in the matter whatsoever. I hope some "smoking" wiz kid attorney out there takes up the battle for those of us who aren't sure what to do about it other than complain to the manufacturer.

Apr 01, 2009 4:59 am

I am very suprised by what i have been reading. I hadn't even heard of fsc before i read this article. I live in England and have been smoking Marlboro lights for quite some time now. They taste great and once lit they never go out. I am a little worried that my country will push in the new fsc but until then i will continue to enjoy the same cigarettes i have been smoking for many years. You guys should do as much complaining as you can to push out these crap sounding fsc and get the normal onces back. It is ridiculous to come up with a cigarette that extinguishes itself, it defeats the object of smoking! When i smoke hand rolled cigarettes they seem to always be going out but at least the taste and flavour is good!

Feb 17, 2009 10:06 am

I agree with what is going on with Marlboro Lights 100's! They don't burn like they are suppose to! Either they are going out 2 or 3 times per cigarette, or they burn too fast. I just wonder if they are adding more Nicotine? It sure seems like they (the cigarette company's) have been suspected of doing this before. Before I become more addicted, I would rather quit smoking all together. I will not spend any more money on cigarettes, if they are trying to make my bad habit worse, especially!

Feb 07, 2009 1:01 pm

Marlboro is BURNING FASTER by far and I am not nuts. I hate admitting I even smoke, but man, I am spending $80 a week now and it was bad enough paying $40 a week for the smoking habit. So I find I am not chain smoking per se-each Marlboro cig burns so fast I light a second one [every time] without thinking about it-to get the min nicotine in my blood stream. THAT WAS THEIR PLAN MAN!

They know more about us than we know about our own selves! I really want to quit now that it has come to flat out extortion. They have to help people stop smoking on one hand-so they devised ways to make the remaining fools [us] smoke twice as much! And we do not realize we are until the toll is matching our electric bill!

I am so mad I pray I can stop smoking. I know it is not lasting 4-5 minutes. It is lasting maybe 2 1/2 minutes and THEY know it too!
I heaerd Chantix works and is like $120 amonth-you take the pill and smoke all you want. After a few weeks you just won't want to smoke-it will be disgusting. So if I am paying $80 a week to RJ Reyolds, I better budget the $120 for Chantix and MAYBE some nic patches-that worked great for long plane flights.

You are NOT Crazy! Marlboro made our cigarettes blow out twice as fast-than we can get to the bank to buy more. Mabel White

Jan 30, 2009 6:23 am

as in the former complaints i have read my marlboro lt 100s suck bad! was lucky enough to get a pack minus the fsc and man did I enjoy those cigs! I didn't even realize how much I enjoyed them until my daughter and i were comparing packs and her had the fsc where mine did not. i was on the last cigarette from my pack at the time and recollection of NOT having to suck hard and keep relighting of that pack came as a vision to me and she and i shared the TOTALLY different taste of the non fsc cig. I have almost caught my hair on fire when i relight as it flames and stays lit as a torch for a minute . if i'd had bangs my hair WOULD have ignited. Vey dangerous now but texas has adopted the law so dont know what to do. did we vote on this law or was it made law for us? just wondered because i do go to the polls to vote and i never recall this being up for a vote. thanks

Jan 27, 2009 8:50 pm
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These so called Fire Proof Cigerattes are the most horrible thing in the world. They physically make me sick, I mean migraines, nausea, the whole works. I wonder if there is anyway we can all contact Phillip Morris and plead for the regular ones back...

Nov 21, 2008 6:44 pm

I have been smoking for 50 years now. Always enjoyed a cigarette. I smoke 3 packs a day. I recenly purchased my regular 2 cartons a week. I thought I got a bad carton. They tasted funny would not draw right. I told the clerk at the store I got a bad carton of cigarettes. I had trouble keeping them light and they tasted very funny. Oh, she said, They are now fireproof cigarettes I thought she was making that up. I bought another carton. same thing. I went online and found out they are now Fireproof cigarettes. I guess, they are going to force me to quit for sure now. They are absolustely terrible tasting cigarettes. I bet they will defitelely be harmful to your health just the taste alone is enough to gag you. I hope they change back to the regular cigarettes and I mean soon.

Nov 20, 2008 3:18 pm

I started to notice with the past two cartons I bought, that there was something terribly wrong with these smokes. At first I thought maybe the store was selling stale cigarettes. But then I bought at 2 different stores with the exact same results! Ash falls off and goes everywhere. If their intention was to make a fire safe cigarette, they missed by a mile. I have holes in a number of shirts now, and my husband was getting really snarky with me about it. I have smoked Marlboros for over 20 years, so I knew something was wrong. I was going to write to Phillip Morris, but figured I'd do a search to see if others were having the same experience. I knew about the self extinguishing cigarettes that California insisted upon (they seem to have a law for everything including toilet paper thickness), but I had no idea it was being forced down the throats of other states as well. This is an outrage. Yes, I suppose this is as good a reason as any to quit now. I hate these things. And yeah, the flavor went to the dogs too.

Nov 16, 2008 12:57 am

I noticed about 7 packs ago (here in pa) thet they taste different, do not stay lit and in general, suck! I have been a marlboro smoker for a lot of years and, they are now like smoking a paper towel.

Fire-proof cigarettes? this is some sort of a sick joke right?

What's next fire proof natural gas? fireproof logs for the fireplace? perhaps gasoline that will not even ignite with a blowtorch?

Did these #s forget somewhere along the line that cigarettes are supposed to be set fire to?

The cherry falling off is the biggest fire hazzard of all!

I see another version of coca-cola messing with a proven formula.
Disaster... winston, here I come!

Nov 14, 2008 1:50 am

It Is Obvious That Marlboro is cuting costs. it sucks for us since we hve to go to a cheaper brand but, hay, they really, don't taste any differant!

Nov 07, 2008 2:04 am

Try these guys... no fire safe paper!

They come from north carolina and they do not have that horrible fire safe paper.

They answer the phone or if they are on the other line and you leave a message they call back! they also answer your emails and they email you once your order has shipped!

Good service!

Jul 28, 2008 8:08 am

My brother picked up my cigarettes yesterday to smoke one. Mine were from Kentucky, his from Indiana. With the first drag, he said "yuk!", looked at the side of the box and said, "I knew it. These are FSC cigs. They taste like sh**." He KNEW by the taste that they were not the same. I had never even heard of FSC until then. I had noticed that the things didn't burn the same, seemed to burn faster, and got hot enough at the tip to burn my lips more often. This sucks. I was trying to cut back to lights to reduce some of the tar - and my husband bought a whole carton of these crappy things (cigs in KY are $15 a carton cheaper), but it looks like I'm headed right back to my Ohio purchased Red 100's. Last longer, no burning my lips, and taste a whole lot better.

Jul 12, 2008 6:39 pm

Yes, they are burning faster. The real catch is that if you don't suck quickly enough, they burnout... which makes you want to take more puffs. So, to counter the law for 'safe cigarettes' they have made cigarettes that burn faster. If smokers continued to smoke at the pace that they do, their cigarettes would go out before they they had a chance to pick it up again. So, inhale quick. As much as I hate smoking (I have been for most of my adult life) I really want to quit this brand...

what I really would like is a smokers bill -- of rights!

Jul 07, 2008 11:54 pm

i am a minor that went from smoking menthols, to camel reds, to marlboros reds. i agree that sometimes i either have to light it again or my cherry fell out. and i am also worried about the fiberglass because my friend has puked blood. please e-mail me

Jul 04, 2008 10:01 am

Re: Marlboro light 100s

I notice I'm smoking more too over the past three months. I've smoked a single pack for just about forever. Only over the past few months I've been breaking into a 3rd pack. That's nuts. Plus, they're burning fast. That fact sticks out like a sore thumb. I don't feel a bit satisfied either after a cigarette.

The paper is catching fire in the ashtray too lately, which never used to happen except with the cheap cigarettes so that's another reason that there is something wrong these days.

Yea, there's something really going on so I'm switching today because I've never, ever smoked so much and it's not for any other reason either. After so many years, you get to know that dang cigarette pretty darn good and I think we're being ripped off right now.

The "safety" cigarettes came out last year in California. I smoke Light 100's as do 2 or my friends. We all noticed we've been smoking more for at least the last 6 mos.

I wonder if they're doing something to make them more addictive. Either more nicotine so you want even more, or less nicotiine so you're never satisfied! I heard a rumor they were doing one or the other a few years ago, to make us smoke more. I think it sucks if they're doing that.

I think I'm gonna buy the gum & cut down by half.


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