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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Fiat reveals updated 500 overseas
Autoblog (blog), July 5th

Black, bordeaux or tobacco Frau leather upholstery is also available (depending on model), with embroidered 500 logos on the crescent and contrasting bolster accents. .... A full range of Mopar accessories is also available from launch, including...Read more

How to decipher what's on a wine label
La Crosse Tribune, July 4th

Wine labels also contain a substantial amount of legal content that is regulated by the federal government, under the auspices of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. The TTB not only oversees the label's legal language on wine produced in the...Read more

RI surfing's grand old man
The Providence Journal, July 4th

This year's Surf Fest, which features hundreds of vintage surf boards, a half-pipe skateboard ramp and appearances by professional surfers and skateboarders, takes place Saturday at Fort Adams State Park. Times are 1-8 p.m.. "It's been kind of amazing...Read more

Taste-makers: Pairings take diners around world
Palm Beach Daily News, July 4th

We sampled the G.D. Vajra “Albe” Barolo from Piedmont, the northwest region of Italy. It was a nebbiolo varietal from vintage 2010. The nose felt like a shower of freshly cut violets and roses. The palate added licorice, freshly ground cloves, some...Read more

Trinidad Lost Blends Salomon, July 4th

A company spokesperson told Cigar Aficionado that the cigars were almost a decade-old, however marketing material shown by a retailer lists tobacco vintages of 2009-2011. While I understand that you potentially could round say 2009 vintage tobacco to ...Read more

Artisan producers are turning Spokane into a wine destination
The Seattle Times, July 3rd

Robert Karl Cellars 2012 Claret, Horse Heaven Hills, $22: This has long been Robert Karl's flagship wine, and this vintage is as delicious as ever, thanks to rich, smooth aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry pipe tobacco and red currant. Avansino...Read more

#TBT: 10 Vintage Ads Featuring Creepy Kids
Visual News, July 2nd

While perusing the plethora of vintage ads on the Internet, we noticed a surprising trend: a lot of vintage ads geared toward kids have a creep factor turned up to 11. Whether ... No roundup would be complete without some stellar work from big Tobacco...Read more

Condo smoking bans catch fire
Crain's Chicago Business, July 1st

"Tobacco smoke is a big issue in condo buildings because the standard condo declaration says that no one may engage in activities that pose a nuisance to any fellow unit owner," Slubowski said. "It's almost impossible to stop smoke from traveling from...Read more