History of cigarettes: the era of the dime

By the early 1930s, the U.S. market was dominated by the “Big Three” brands: Camel, Lucky Strike and Chesterfield. The “Turkish” brands Murad, Melachrino and Rameses were still “afloat”, but their days were numbered. However, since the mid-1920s, to be exact in 1926, the leaders of the “Big Three” finally caught up with the fourth […]

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Legendary cigarettes of the 1990s

The 1990s were a troubled time for Russia. Some “rose up” during those years, others could not survive… Those were difficult years for everyone. But in this post, I’m not going to talk about politics, gang warfare, or “how good the Soviet Union was. My story will be about cigarettes. Cigarettes that people smoked in […]

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Top class for a penny! Vogue La Cigarette Menthe Tasting

At the moment, Vogue is one of the world’s oldest cigarette brands still in production today. The history of the brand began in 1955, when Stephano Brothers Ltd. introduced these cigarettes to the tobacco market in the United States. But the appearance of Vogue cigarettes was quite different then — they were in king size format, no […]

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Marlboro Man.

Let’s start the story at the end. In 1992, actor Wayne McLaren died of lung cancer. He was the one who started the world’s anti-tobacco campaign when he testified against his former employer, Philip Morris. Add to Cart The Marlboro brand appeared in 1924 and was originally positioned as a women’s cigarette. That all changed […]

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Tasting “Bond Street”

The history of the brand goes back to 1902. Philip Morris, the company’s founder, owned a boutique on Bond Street in London. 1902 was the year when Albert, King of Belgium, one of Morris’s great admirers, granted the boutique the title of royal tobacco merchant. Since then (by the way, the very first brand name […]

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Tasting of Sobranie cigarettes.

We’ve already featured posts about the history of the brand and a tasting of the ‘cigarette-case’ versions of the brand in the feed. Now, let’s move on to other common sorts. Specifically, the “classic” Sobranie Blue and Sobranie Gold series. I’ll start with the “classics”, and the first one is Sobranie Blue. All cigarettes of […]

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Test Drive — IQOS

The so-called “tobacco heating systems” are relatively recent. Tobacco companies that own the technology are now actively promoting this product. And today we have a rather unusual tasting — we will test IQOS. It’s important to note that this is an independent test, I don’t smoke IQOS and tested it just for the sake of experimenting. So, […]

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