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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Vintage Guitars Unveils the V501 and VEC501
Premier Guitar, February 8th

Available in three satin finishes, Natural, Tobacco Sunburst, and Burgundy Burst, with an elegant herringbone/abalone sound hole rosette, the range is completed by an ever- popular solid mahogany top model (V501MH), in satin Mahogany finish. Vintage ...Read more

Epic Brewing Introduces Son of a Baptist Series, Coffee Partners, February 8th

Salt Lake City, UT – When we're crafting a beer hops are not just hops and coffee is not just coffee. We source our ingredients from all over the world; we meet the farmers and maltsters and constantly seek out innovation and quality. In our latest...Read more

CSE slams Jaguar Land Rover's comment saying their cars 'act like air ...
Daily News & Analysis, February 8th

Health Organization (WHO) and International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified diesel exhaust as Group 1 carcinogen for a definite link with lung cancer in June 2012, putting it in the same class as tobacco smoking, asbestos and...Read more

Oklahoma nonprofit notes, Feb. 7, February 6th

The grants are funded by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust. Grants are available to ... The money and manpower will help finish the museum and build the American Heritage Bank tower, a 66-foot-tall vintage-inspired gas pump outside the museum...Read more

Valentine's Wines for Every Occasion
Wine Enthusiast Magazine, February 4th

In the game of love, it's not enough to rely on Cupid's Arrow, Tinder or your friendly neighborhood yenta. Some times, you gotta mark the moment with some liquid courage to admit your crush, or better yet, proclaim your love. Hand-picked by our editors...Read more

Museum & Gallery Listings for Feb. 5-11
New York Times, February 4th

Told through 14 “moments” in New York activism, it includes a facsimile of the Flushing Remonstrance (1657), a petition for religious tolerance given to Peter Stuyvesant, director-general of the settlement, as well as contemporaneous objects, like a...Read more

Ask a Somm: What Kind of Wine Pairs With Super Bowl Snacks?
Eater, February 4th

If you're feeling flush and don't mind spending more, ask your wine retailers if they can get some Guy Larmandier Brut Rosé ($52) ... it's also a non-vintage wine. I love riesling for the kickoff too, especially a dry one or perhaps one ... This broad...Read more

Roger Goodell's Unstoppable Football Machine
New York Times, February 3rd

Goodell testified before Congress on concussions in 2009 and listened to Representative Linda T. Sánchez of California compare the N.F.L. to the tobacco industry for its indifference to the physical harm being done to its players. ''He is smooth, very...Read more