Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995 13:43:00 PDT


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

of styles....

Good luck!


Rosie (NorthCrowe)



"Unless I accept my virtues, I most certainly will be overwhelmed by my


Robert G. Coleman