Did you ever draw on your cigarettes to taste for freshness before you lit them?
I did this. I smoked an off brand, sales of which, were probably slower. The distributor likely had them warehoused in San Bernardino where the heat inside those facilities drew the flavor out of them.
Being the Macgyver of my own head, the solution was to order them straight from Kentucky, which I did.
I didn't like to smoke much. :-)
How did you go out of your way to be a satisfied smoker?