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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Trading addictions: the inside story of the e-cig modding scene
Engadget, October 1st

The modders are also the staunchest of users, who credit vaping with allowing them to kick the tobacco habit. But as I found out, .... Ross, who's 63, creates his box mods on a vintage jeweler's bench tucked away in a small section of his humble garage...Read more

Ty Cobb Tin Sells for $18720
Maine Antique Digest, October 1st

Cobb card with an ad for plug tobacco on the back. (One such card sold at the same 2012 Robert Edward auction for $20,123.) With that link to baseball collecting, and T206 collectors in particular, and because the tin is a novelty for tobacciana...Read more

Old Beverly Hills Tobacco Shop Survives Despite Changing Social Landscape
Neon Tommy, September 30th

A world of pipes and tobacco, cigars and vintage silver lighters is not as ancient as one might think. In Beverly Hills's golden triangle, a shop selling exactly that still exists, surrounded by healthy raw food restaurants, a liquid nitrogen ice cream...Read more

What To Drink Now: Celebrating California Wine Month
D Magazine, September 30th

When Anakota Winery started in Knights Valley with their inaugural vintage in 2001 the area was still rather unknown. Planting their vines in the steep foothills of Mount St. Helena the winery has been dedicated to producing terroir specific ... Aged...Read more

Restaurant owner: Let's preserve early 1900s tobacco ad revealed by wrecking ...
Mlive Kalamazoo, September 26th

“We'd like to see it preserved, for sure,” Reinert said about the vintage Battle Ax Plug Tobacco ad revealed on the north wall of Republic by demolition of the next-door 41 S. Division Ave. MuCurrin Building on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Unfortunately, it's...Read more

Demolition reveals vintage Battle Ax tobacco ad on Grand Rapids building, 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

Tobacco buyout comes to end
The Robesonian, September 19th

Contributed photo |Tobacco croppers work at a farm in Fairmont in this vintage photo. Tobacco farms once thrived in Fairmont, but the industry has steadily shrunk in and out of Robeson County because of negative attitudes towards smoking, the advent of ...Read more

Tobacco stolen from the Vintage Corner Store in Woodridge (blog), August 27th

On August 19, 2014, in the late afternoon, two males and one female entered the Vintage Corner Store in Woodridge, Manitoba and stole several cartons of cigarettes and a tub of tobacco. Suspects wanted by police in connection to a theft at the Vintage ...Read more