From: "Chago" <chago@...
Subject: R.J.Reynolds trades with the enemy....and delivers inferior product.
Date: Fri, 1 May 1998 23:58:20 +0100
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There is not a single smokable Winston in Havana, Cuba as of today May 1st,
Now, technically, there should not be any R.J.Reynolds products on sale in
Cuba, as the island is subject to a trade embargo. However, our resourceful
neighbors are purchasing a great deal of American products through
Mexican-based purchasing companies, and forwarding it on to Cuba.
Not just R.J.Reynolds. Coca-Cola, Kodak film, and Wrigleys gum are also
available there too. However, the quality of those products is exactly the
same there as it is in the good old USA.
Not so R.J. Reynolds. There is not a single smokable Winston anywhere in
Havana. Over the course of a week, I purchased Winston in at least six
different locations. The packaging is identical to Winston exported to
Mexico (i.e. no health warning). However, the cigarettes inside are
obviously factory seconds. They are poorly packed, with a very tight draw,
and smoke hot.
Now, a pack of Winston in Havana is $2.40. The average daily wage of a Cuban
worker is less than $2.00. You can see how a defective pack of Winston can
not easily be just thrown away and another pack bought.
So here are my questions.......How can R.J. Reynolds not be aware that these
major cigarette purchases in Mexico are not Cuba-bound? And if in fact
R.J.Reynolds is in fact aware, is it deliberate policy to ship sub-standard
cigarettes? Are they shipping sub-standard cigarettes deliberately, as they
know there is no recourse from the consumer due to the nature of the
I don't know the answers to any of the above. If y'all know any