Tobacco became popular in Europe in the 1600's, after traders brought back tobacco plants from the Americas. Pipes, borrowed from the Native Americans, were the first popular method of smoking, and were made of wood, bone, clay, and even metal. Some of the most valuable antique pipes are those made of meerschaum, a rare white stone.

Cigars, which have long been popular in Central and South America, have a whole set of collectibles associated with them, including cigar boxes, humidors, cigar cutters, and special cigar lighters.

Next came the cigarette, popularized during the Crimean war when soldiers would roll their pipe tobacco in newsprint. Related collectibles include tobacco tins, tobacco cards, ashtrays, matchbooks, and vintage advertising and signs. Over the years, tobacco companies created iconic logos like Zig-Zag's Zouave and The Camel (later Joe Camel), and put their slogans on everything from clothing to posters to statuettes.

Cigarette lighters are a category all their own, with major brands including Zippo, Ronson, and Dunhill. There's a wide variety of lighters to collect in every material imaginable. Although lighters haven't changed much from their original designs in the early 1900s, the older the lighter, the more decorated they tend to be. And don't forget the lighter's precursor, the lowly but often highly ornamented match holder (aka match safe).

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Clean water decision by Washington's 'green' governor makes business lobbies ... (blog), July 31st

A vintage picture of Native Americans, Billy Frank Jr., left, with his half-brother Don McCloud, fishing on the Nisqually River. ... Bellingham Bay once had the color of tobacco spit, with pollution depriving the water of oxygen needed for the survival...Read more

Montecristo White Series Vintage Connecticut No. 3 (Prerelease), July 31st

The Gershel Farm in Somers, Conn. is home to huge spreads of shade-grown Connecticut tobacco, and the company also has a significant number of fields that produce Connecticut broadleaf. For this release, Altadis U.S.A. tapped into a supply of 2008 ...Read more

'Mad Men' Memorabilia From Set Goes Up For Auction
Latin Post, July 31st

Also available for purchase, according to Fashionista, are vintage shoes worn by both Jones and fellow co-star Christina Hendricks. Other items include some small furniture pieces from the set, Don Draper's (John Hamm) "Why I'm Quitting Tobacco...Read more

Uncorked: Winemaker has his own metropolis on Treasure Island
DeKalb Daily Chronicle, July 30th

Tobacco, leather, thyme and white pepper join the fruit flavors that follow and are tied up nicely by an olive tapenade note. Kane joked that he ... Judicious with his usage of oak, the wines feel like authentic representations of the vintage. The 2013...Read more

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Baseball Card May Set Auction Record
24/7 Wall St., July 30th

This Mickey Mantle card from the famous 1952 Topps set might not be worth as much as most of the Honus Wagner cards from the T206 tobacco baseball card set from 1909 with one Gold Auction fetching some $2.1 million. The Wagner card and a few other...Read more

Grill 23 & Bar Brings Back Cigar Service
Eater, July 30th

2 ($36), a light-bodied, nutty cigar with notes of wood and leather; Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon ($18), a medium-bodied smoke with coffee notes, sweet wood flavors, and light spice; and Padron Anniversary Imperial ($36), full-bodied and sweet...Read more

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The New Yorker, July 29th

again—a bottle from the acclaimed 1989 vintage—in 2009, his description of the wine's flavor carried on for seven sentences, evoking cigarettes, pastries, and saunas in his promise of “perfumed aromas of subtle milk chocolate, cedar, and sweet...Read more

Municipal Tobacco Bonds: Seeking Value In The Ashes - PIMCO Viewpoint (registration), July 23rd

While tobacco bonds are more complex than this example, long maturity 2007 vintage tobacco bonds have a current yield (coupon/price) in the 6%-7% range, indicating that a large part of their promised yield to maturity comes from the coupon payments...Read more