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15 Cigarette Inventions That Didn’t Quite Stick

Nothing spawns innovation quite like a man’s vice, which is why we have off-track betting and interactive virtual masturbating devices. It’s also why a slew of patents were filed over the course of 75 years, all of which were designed to make cigarette smoking more... well, in many cases, just more. As such, we continue our report on the ridiculously fabulous golden age of the American smoker with:

15 Cigarette Inventions That Didn’t Quite Stick»

Dusting Off: The Cigarette Ad

As connoisseurs of history, we sometimes find styles, habits and turns of phrase from the past that we wouldn’t mind bringing back to the present, Doc Brown-style. This time around, we’re dusting off the cigarette ad.

Cigarettes are bad. But boy were cigarette ads good.

By good, of course, we don’t mean accurate. (“The finer the filter, the milder the taste.”) Or moral. (“Blow in her face and she’ll follow you anywhere.”) Or okay. (Barney Rubble: “I sure hate to see our wives work so hard.” Fred Flintstone: “Me too. Let’s have a smoke around back where we can’t see ’em.”)

Yeah. There’s a whole lot wrong with cigarette ads...»

Up in Smoke

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We usually stay pretty far away from smokeless cigarettes—the “chemical kazoo” aspect kills it for us—but the pushback against public smoking may finally have created a device so strange, we have no choice but to take notice. Here’s a summary: there’s tobacco, and there are drags, but there doesn’t seem to be any smoke.

Naturally, magic is involved»

Smoking Section

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The shawl collar smoking jacket can be a tough look to pull off, but it’s pretty much the ne plus ultra of sophisticated loungewear.

Robert Geller’s latest model tightens up the fit a bit, adds a ticket pocket and mixes a bit of speckle to the usual flat black fabric, but otherwise it’s the same item that’s graced the shoulders of gentlemen of leisure for centuries.

It’s the kind of bold update you’d expect on the heels of a GQ/CFDA prize. Maybe now he can think about taking on the velvet slipper?

The Lay of the Land

Although he may occasionally find himself at a loss for words, a gentleman is always ready for new customs. Even if it means adapting to a world in which women light cigarettes for men.

There’s plenty of changes afoot, but you’ll never get anywhere if you don’t try them out.

Off Camera

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Old Hollywood is a glamorous enough style, we’re surprised no labels have tried to revive it. (Chaplin, anyone?) This picture of Buster Keaton, his director Edward Sedgwick, and simian companion Josephine holds almost a dozen style lessons, including the proper form for the newsboy cap, the nonchalant smoking break, and the hardest look of all: the shoulder-mounted monkey.

A Series of Pipes

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If you’re still flirting with tobacco, a pipe can add a Hefner-esque touch to your homecoming routine. And while you probably weren’t hurting for a place to stash them, it’s always nice to have a bit of niche furniture.

This pipe cabinet from Palo Samko has two distinct advantages over setting aside a spot in your desk. First, the whole thing looks like a barely-finished log, meaning it’ll add a touch of mountain-man style to even the most urbane space. And second, those circular drawers won’t get old any time soon.

Well played, Palo. Well played.

Line of Fire

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The good old-fashioned Zippo lighter is as much a part of any American male's essential kit as a navy blazer or a decent pair of loafers. Though the ones we've collected over the years have been relegated to a dresser drawer since we stopped smoking some years ago, we like to think of them as more than mere reminders of a misspent youth. Our favorite, in well-burnished sterling silver, still sees service on special occasions when there are ladies present whose cigarettes require fire.

Thus we were delighted to see them treated as *objets d'art*»