Newport is one of many major brand name companies producing Class “A” cigarettes, both menthol and non-menthol. The Newport brand is owned by Lorillard, which was founded in 1760 by Pierre Abraham Lorillard, is the only tobacco company from that era that is still in operation today. This makes Lorillard the oldest tobacco manufacturer in the United States, as well as the 18th oldest company, which is located in Greensborough North Carolina.
Although Lorillard has been producing various brands of menthol and non-menthol cigarettes since the inception of the company, the Newport brand was formally introduced in 1957. Since that time, the company has gone though many transformations including a buyout and redistribution of stocks.
James Buchanan Duke and the American Tobacco Company took control of the Lorillard tobacco company in 1910 as a result of the American Tobacco Company organizing corporation-like takeovers of smaller sized tobacco companies that started in 1899. However, in 1911, the US Court of Appeals found the American Tobacco Company in violation of the “restraint of trade” and the Lorillard Company found themselves an independent company again.
In 1925, the president of Lorillard, Benjamin Lloyd Belt, started making changes that included the promotion of the Old Gold brand, which finally resulted in a profit. In 1969, the Loews Corporation bought out Lorillard; however, the tobacco company retained their name and continued to operate as they had for almost two centuries. In 2008, when they signed an agreement that resulted in the separation of the two companies, the control of the stocks was turned over the public. It was while Loews Corporation owned the tobacco company that they moved their headquarters to NC while also manufacturing cigarettes in KY as well.
Newport Cigarette Production History
The Lorillard and Newport brand is known best for its menthol full flavored cigarettes; however, the company also produces various other menthol cigarettes as well. The currently available Newport brand cigarettes available include the following:
- Newport Box or Newport Kings, also known as Full flavor
- Newport Box 100s or Newport 100s, also known as full flavor 100’s
- Newport Menthol Gold Box or Newport Menthol Gold, also known as lights
- Newport Menthol Gold Box 100s or Newport Menthol Gold 100s, also known as light 100’s
- Newport Menthol Blue Box, also known as mediums
- Newport Menthol Blue Box 100s also known as medium 100’s
The names of these have changed since the FDA required that all mention of a “light,” “low-tar” or “low nicotine” cigarettes be removed from the cigarette packaging as of June 22 2010. Additionally, other brands of cigarettes were sold as well, which were non-menthol in the late 1990’s. However, they have since been discontinued and are not sold anywhere. These non-menthol cigarettes were sold in the same style boxes however, they contained red or gold where the turquoise is. Newport Slim 120s, Newport “Stripes and the Newport “M-Blend” were manufactured in the 1990’s, but were discontinued as well.
Other Promotional Products
On the official Newport Pleasure website, smokers aged 21 and over can sign up and browse for various items, coupons and entries into sweepstakes. NewportPleasure.com is a popular website and once registered and the information provided by the customer is verified, they then receive a magazine and coupons as well. While these items are mailed to a physical address of the customer, other items can be found on the website.
One special promotion includes the Newport smoker saving the UPC codes from the packs and cartons. These codes are called Goods Points, which the smoker can save and then exchange them for the ability to purchase goods, called Pleasure Goods) and receive pack and carton coupons. Two of the items that are always available by saving UPC codes include:
- Coupon for free carton of cigarettes for 275 UPC codes plus the payment of shipping and handling charges
- A $25 Newport savings book for 250 UPC’s plus payment of shipping and handling charges
Other items sometimes available and found in the Pleasure Goods Catalog, when available include:
- Coupons for free packs of cigarettes for varying amounts of UPC’s plus shipping and handling charges
- Camping Gear
This is not an exhaustive list and the availability of any item on the website or from the catalog depends on the promotion in play at the time of registration. Additionally, Newport offers various chances to win money and prizes with their sweepstakes, which is run various times throughout the year.
Obtaining Entries or Coupons
Entering the various sweepstakes and receiving coupons for packs and cartons of Newport brand cigarettes is an easy process for anyone who is 21 or older. Simply visit the website, NewportPleasure.com and fill out your information. Required at the time of registration are name, license number (to verify age) address and preference of cigarette brand, which is given by the smoker filling out a short survey geared towards the likes and dislikes of the smoker. Keep in mind, however, that if the Newport Pleasure computer system cannot find a smoker who is trying to register in the system using their license number, the applicant may be required to mail in a copy of their license or other identification in order to participate in any of the programs.
If an Internet connection does not exist or for any other reason a smoker who wishes to participate but cannot do so over the Internet, they can register for the same items by purchasing a pack or carton of cigarettes and following the directions on the insert found on the back of the pack or carton, under the cellophane wrapping. Additionally, registration forms are available at most Newport cigarette retailers. Simply fill out the information and mail a copy of identification to register.