Extremely high taxes ($5.85/pack) have made New York City the cigarette smuggling capital of America. 57% of cigarettes consumed are smuggled, usually from Virginia or North Carolina.
In 1999, Philip Morris attempted to convince the government of the Czech Republic that smoking was highly beneficial to the country, as more people would die earlier as a result, thus letting the government save millions on pensions, hospitals, and housing for elderly citizens.
Lorillard Tobacco Company used to hand out Newport cigarettes to black children in playgrounds.
The slogan for Winston cigarettes, “Winston tastes good like a cigarette should”, was controversial throughout the 50s & 60s, because saying “like” instead of “as” was considered ungrammatical.
James Buchanan Duke is credited as the inventor of the cigarette, made billions, and Duke University is named in his honor.
Kents, a major tobacco company sold unique cigarette filters in the 1950s and advertised their health benefits. The advertised ingredient that set them apart? Asbestos.
There is a fictional brand of cigarettes that multiple TV shows, films, and video games use called Morleys.
A “safer cigarette” (The XA Project) was developed in the 70s but tobacco companies pressured the inventor to bury it because it implied their cigarettes were unsafe.
The Flinstones was originally sponsored by Winston cigarettes, and was intended for adults.
The common use of the word “like” to compare two things (as is the norm today) was made popular by a 1954 cigarette ad.