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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The scent of Christmas, December 20th

A limited edition collaboration between Diptyque and Liberty the Insolite candle is inspired by the blend of vintage aromas found in curiosity cabinets. Expect a rich blend of warm and cold spices, petals, zests, ... cinnamon and nutmeg are backed by...Read more

Can You Travel To Cuba Now? 8 Things Normalizing Diplomatic Relations ...
Bustle, December 19th

7. It Means More High-End Cigars and Vintage Cars ... Americans traveling legally in Cuba will soon be allowed to bring home up to $400 of Cuban goods, including up to $100 in tobacco or alcohol. You just need to wait a few weeks until diplomatic...Read more

Prazan on Politics: Jerry Patterson and the Land Office, December 18th

He carries a gun and dips tobacco into his “bad habit cup.” This Vietnam veteran flew a WWII-era plane to campaign events and land inspections. He served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Navy and flew F-4 Phantom fighter planes. Elected as a Texas state...Read more

4 Things to Know About (Legal) Cuban Cigars
TIME, December 18th

Aaron Sigmond, founding editor of The Cigar Report and Smoke Magazine, says yes: Cuba's terroir—its soil and climate—does produce different tobacco. “The Dominican Republic and Nicaragua both make exceptional cigars, but nothing is like Cuba...Read more

Cuba's move toward capitalism may accelerate
InvestmentNews, December 18th

Cuba's signature product is manufactured with much care and precision by rows of workers who cut and roll the tobacco. They produce ... Everywhere we looked, we saw vintage U.S. cars (e.g., 1957 Chevys) used as Cubans' primary means of transportation...Read more

Calories for beer, alcoholic beverages coming to menus
Poughkeepsie Journal, December 17th

Lee says brand-specific menu calorie labels could be especially burdensome on the wine industry, where every vintage and varietal is different. Craft brewers, with many varied brands and styles, have similar ... Last year, Treasury's Alcohol and...Read more

Menus will sport new calorie labels for alcohol
Valdosta Daily Times, December 16th

Lee says brand-specific menu calorie labels could be especially burdensome on the wine industry, where every vintage and varietal is different. Craft brewers, with many varied brands and styles, have similar ... Last year, Treasury's Alcohol and...Read more

Twins tackle Tobacco Barn
Mountain Xpress, December 8th

My twin sees Asheville as the big “X” on the treasure map for all things vintage. She organizes her travel plans according to a strict visiting schedule of her favorite local markets like a doctor visiting her favorite patients. She says she can't wait...Read more