The Cigarette of Distinction

Elegance and Sophistication

Beginning in the late-19th century, cigarette smoking provided a more sanitary and convenient way to enjoy tobacco. Prior to the widespread adoption of cigarettes, tobacco was either chewed or smoked in cigars, pipes, and water pipes. The cigarette was considered feminine, an association that would change with its distribution to soldiers in the First World War.

By the 1930s cigarette advertising was  giving women equal smoking rights. By the 1940s even children and babies were shown in cigarette ads.