Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995 13:43:00 PDT
From: Rose Wilcox RWILC[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]FAST.DOT.STATE.AZ.US
Subject: FW: Cigarette brands. Help, please!
I chose to make a list of
cigarette brands, American or imported, that can be purchased in the USA=
including in the list information about the social, ethnic, age-related,=
sex-related, class-related or any other connotations or meanings that
American people connect with these brands.
For this I ask your help. What brands are there? Are there brands that=
carry special meanings, and which brands could be seen as "neutral" -
suitable for any smoker?
You don't mention More on your list. I used to smoke More. I
found that very few people smoked them, especially Menthols,
so I didn't have to share them very often. In fact, most people,
even the ones who most commonly "bummed" all of there
cigarettes, would turn them down when offered. They are long
cigarettes with dark brown paper. I learned to smoke them
when I was 17 which was 20 years ago, from my then-current
boyfriend who was black, and I was white. Other than that I
don't know if there are any connotations of class, etc.
I saw an identical cigarette in France; it was named "Time"
rather than "More".
Prince don't know anything about
Marlboro I think this would be a working class cigarette, mostly male
Dunhill (GB) don't know, never seen em
Rothmans (GB) don't know, never seen em
Basic don't know - is it a cheapie?
Montclair don't know, sounds middle class doesn't it...
Kool This may be another working class brand, not as common as Marlboro
Camel I'd say definitely a working class brand, mostly male
Chesterfield don't know
Pall Mall don't know
Winston don't know
Salem Sort of like Kool
Lucky Strike I'd guess, working class
Philip Morris don't know
John Player Special (GB don't know
Kent don't know -- maybe middle class?
Benson & Hedges (GB) they do sell this in America - I think it is a more
Middle Class cig
Newport I think this is a middle class cig...
Silk Cut (?) never seen em
Barclay (?) I see this, but don't have a feeling about them
Boston (?) never seen em
Colt (?) never seen em
Cartier (?) never seen em
L&M (?) don't know, sounds familiar
Death (?) They sell these at used tape stores and head shops, they're hip,
rebellious people smoke them
Peter Stuyvesant (?) don't know, maybe middle class?
YSL, Yves Saint-Laurent (?) never seen em
Gitanes (French) never seen em
Gauloises (French) never seen em
There are several female-oriented brands in America, but I'm not
aware of them currently.
I feel more sure of working class brands than middle class, I guess.
I haven't smoked for about 4 and 1/2 years, so I haven't kept track
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