|I remember hearin about (when I was a teen) a chick in NYC back in the 1910s who got arrested for smoking cigs. |
I think the late 1950s is when more menthol brands started being made. Newport and Salem both came out in '58 according to my understanding. And wasn't Kool actually the first-ever filtered brand period when filter Kools were introduced in '56?
Before 1958, Kool was the only menthol. Now there are a lot more menthol brands.
The 60s is when more feminine brands came out. Like VS and BH.
The 70s is when we started saying hello to "low-tar brands" (ie: Vantage) as well as to very-long cigs called 120s (Eve, Max, Capri, and Mores)
Those cig ads in the 30s-60s made smoking cigs sound like they actually a benefit to your health. Like how smoking Kools can help make your sore throat feel better. The cig ads in the 70s made smoking cigs sound just as normal as a kid eating a candy bar.
I know why more menthols came out in the late 50s-60s. So tobacco companies can attract Afro-Americans to smoking. I'm sure back in the 40s-50s, a lotta Blacks refused to smoke cause "Regulars taste gross," or how "Smoking cigs is a white habit."
More feminine brands, especially 120s, came out to lure more women to smoking. After all, I can see a lady in the 30s-50s saying "I know I'm allowed to enjoy cigs. But who the heck wants to smoke a tiny nonfilter? Gimme a brand with LONG cigs. And I'll smoke then."
(I aint saying most women in that era had that mindset. But some of em probably did.)
Thursday, June 21, 2012
My take on the hisrtory of smoking, based on the topic of brands over the decades
Posted by Jason T at 4:24 PM