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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Westword, February 12th

The section of the affidavit devoted to evidence stated that in or around June 2010, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was given information suggesting that Rich Wyatt, family patriarch and manager of Gunsmoke...Read more

St. Lucie County Community Calendar
TCPalm, February 12th

The Bud Adams Cultural Center History Exhibit: View/learn local history through vintage photographs. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. P.P. Cobb Building, Avenue A ..... 772-337-5632; Tobacco Free Partnership of St. Lucie County Meeting: 2 p.m. Feb...Read more

On Style: With Bill Evans
Charlotte Observer, February 11th

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New York apartment rental holiday: the Big Apple for less, February 11th

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Iowa...South Carolina: Evangelicals and Trump
Huffington Post, February 11th

It's not simply that Trump is a salesman, or that the script is vintage Trump with the right messaging or the optimum punch line. Previously, Trump seemed like a braggart, with his ..... The reality is that "gaming" money and Big Tobacco and other...Read more

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Cigar Aficionado, February 11th

"The hearing was only supposed to determine the quality of our character," said Greg Williams, co-owner of the future Vintage Cigar Lounge & Club. "The chief of police had even given us the OK." Williams, a retired law enforcement officer, and his...Read more

VitaCig Officially Re-Launches World Famous VitaCig Disposable Vitamin ...
CNNMoney, February 11th

peppermint and spearmint), Boisterous Berry, (extracts of blueberry and black currant), Vintage Vanilla, (extracts of vanilla and green tea), and Charming Cherry, (extracts of cherry and mint). VitaCig® is an innovative, nicotine- and tobacco-free...Read more

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New York Times, February 10th

When he disappeared, he took Pee-wee with him, camping out for a time at the New Jersey estate of the billionaire tobacco heiress Doris Duke, whom he'd befriended, and in the Hollywood Hills, among his funny things. (He has always denied the charges...Read more