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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Memorial Hermann Sugar Land begins Healthy Living Series
Fortbendstar.com, October 23rd

The Great American Smoke Out challenges people to stop using tobacco and provides education about the many available tools to help them quit. Experts from The Acupuncture and Nutrition Clinic will be at the event to offer expertise in Chinese...Read more

Shiloh Fernandez Battles the 'Blizzard' for JJ Spotlight
Just Jared, October 23rd

The 29-year-old actor – who wore Creative Recreation shoes for the shoot – chatted with Just Jared about his new film White Bird in a Blizzard, which co-stars Shailene Woodley and Gabourey Sidibe. Check out the interview below, where Shiloh talks about ...Read more

I Spent a Day with a Guy Selling Illegal Cigarettes on the Streets of New York
VICE, October 23rd

In a widely cited 2012 article published in Tobacco Control, a British journal that studies the nature and consequences of tobacco use, a trio of experts analyzed more than 100 studies and concluded, “Tobacco excise taxes are a powerful tool for...Read more

How Brooklyn Invaded ParisNext Stop, the World
Daily Beast, October 23rd

Like the brash walls of the Molitor, the mock-vintage wares of Les Petits Frenchies, and the Pullman's urban garden, Attali, Mallecourt and Losbar all consider the proliferation of haute fast food—most notably the hamburger—to be something decidedly...Read more

Brother Jimmy's BBQ, White Plains | Dining Scene
The Journal News | LoHud.com, October 22nd

vintage glass bottles, a 30-seat square bar smothered with North Carolina license plates, funky neon signs such as “Honey Badger” and “Put Some South in Yo' Mouth” and Southern antique advertisements for gasoline, John Deere tractors and tobacco...Read more

Founder Of Way Station Coffee Shop Stanley Bronstrup Dies At Age 80
KHTS Radio, October 22nd

9, 1971, when his tobacco shop just a block up the street in Old Newhall was destroyed. After quick negotiations with the owner of Curry's Ice Cream Parlor, Stanley moved what was left of his “Smoke Shop and Unusuals” tobacco and antique store into the ...Read more

Vintage finds take artful flight at Crow Salvaged Goods
Straight.com, October 22nd

More than anything, it's the coolly eclectic way Johnson juxtaposes eras, styles, and materials that sets Crow apart: think antique tobacco and talc tins next to retro Superman posters beside vintage postcards, peeling-paint fire hydrants, old road...Read more

Demolition reveals vintage Battle Ax tobacco ad on Grand Rapids building
MLive.com, September 24th

One appears to be for heating equipment and the other for Battle Ax Plug Tobacco, a vintage brand of chewing tobacco sold by the North Carolina-based American Tobacco Company, a dominant player in the tobacco market broken up into several major ...Read more