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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Perfect pairings: Asheville wine shops offer Thanksgiving options
Mountain Xpress, November 21st

It's traditionally one of the newest wines of each vintage. It's simple and it goes great with ... really more of a modern style of Bordeaux. There isn't tons and tons of heavy smoke and pipe tobacco and leather, so it will totally go with your...Read more

The Story Behind Thomas Hart Benton's Incredible Masterwork
Smithsonian, November 20th

Among the vintage memorabilia and ephemera displayed by the Newton County Historical Society, near the center of town, is a small news item from the Neosho Times of June 1905, about a fistfight Benton was involved in outside the town's bank, when he...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 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

12 hilarious vintage tobacco ads
Management Today, February 17th

12 hilarious vintage tobacco ads. E-cigarettes are about to hit our screens, after British American Tobacco's Vype launched its first ads. Remember the spurious health claims Big Tobacco used to make? Here are 12 of the best...Read more

British American Tobacco aims to create 'vintage' cigarettes market
This is Money, November 24th

British American Tobacco aims to create 'vintage' cigarettes market. By Daily Mail Reporter. Published: 17:38 EST, 24 November 2013 | Updated: 17:38 EST, 24 November 2013. View comments. Britain's biggest tobacco firm has turned to the wine industry...Read more

Blowing smoke: Vintage ads of doctors endorsing tobacco
CBS News, July 22nd

It's no secret that smoking is bad for your health. But only 50 years ago this week, the Royal College of Physicians in the U.K. issued the first major report warning of smoking's dangers. Two years after the British report, the U.S. Surgeon General...Read more