When you smoked, what were your preferred brands and why?
For me it was Parliament non-menthols in high school and part of college, then Marlboro reds (shorts in the box) for a time, then a college friend smoked Benson & Hedges Menthol 100s and I was forever bumming so I started buying and smoking these cigs to pay her back.
Then after college I went back to Marlboro reds (this time longs in the box) and finally I switched to Carlton 100s in the box.
I smoked Carltons for over ten years and I was smoking this brand when I quit four years ago.
At the time I switched to Carlton, they were the lowest tar and nicotine. I know, so what -- low tar makes no difference from a health standpoint.
I don't want to pick up this expensive habit again, but in some small way I miss the ritual of smoking.
In order, from 1985-2011
Merit Ultra Lights
American Spirit Lights
Capri Menthol Ultra Lights ... it always started a conversation with guys at the bar. How I miss them ... sigh, cough, cough, cough.
Started smoking around 2005 with Marlboro lights, switched to Mayfair Menthol in 2010, i find these smooth ..
First cigarette I smoked was a Marlboro Red. Hated that. Then I started regularly smoking Marlboro Lights (regular and 100s) and then swithed off between Parliament Lights, Benson & Hedges Ultra Lights, Marlboro Ultra Lights, Merit Ultra Lights, and finally ending on American Spirit Ultra Lights. I mostly purchased according to price or availability, but the American Spirits were my attempt at smoking "cleaner" cigarettes in an effort to justify continuing the habit.
I smoked for 12 years (age 16-28) and quit 5 years ago. It was a terrible habit that I don't miss one bit.
From 1976 - 2012 (I quit a number of times in between, longest for 6 years).
Benson & Hedges Menthol
Benson & Hedges Menthol Lights
Benson & Hedges Menthol Ultra-Lights
Nat Sherman Natural Menthol
I quit (for the last time!) 8 months ago. Still miss those Nat Shermans a little but but not the expense or the coughing.
Oops! That should read "switched off between" not "swithed off between".
I started in 1988, the year I turned 21 and started going out to bars and clubs, with YSL (remember those?!), menthols (I naively thought they'd smell less horrible). Soon I switched to Marlboro Lights and didn't smoke anything else until I quit in 2002.
Players Navy Cut or Craven Menthol when I lived in Ontario
Salem Ultra-Light 100s
Merit Ultra Light 100s
I quit 18 months ago and I miss it every day.
To this day, I can still conjure up the taste of Parliament in my mouth if I concentrate. Damn those thing were like crack cocaine.
Camel Lights, Marlboro Reds, Marlboro Lights, Trues.
I loved smoking. But I quit 10 years ago and don't miss it at all anymore, thank heavens.
Merit Ultra Lights became Camel Lights became Marlboro Lights became American Spirit Lights became Gauloises Blondes (in Europe) or Marlboro Lights (in the US).
Finally quit this year. Slightly fatter but feel better.
A cousin of mine smoked Carltons, and I would occasionally bum one if I was desperate enough. Those things were like smoking rolled-up toilet paper, they were so low in tar and nicotine.
My fave was Parliaments - delicious smokes. I've noticed that Parliaments are extremely popular with gay men.
I could never stand menthols and didn't know how anyone could smoke them.
Started on Taryetons then went on to Marlboro's Red, Kools then back to Marlboro's Red. Quit 14 years ago....I still miss it at times.
I never had a preference sin ce I didn't want to be marketed to that way. Thought it would cement the addiction.
That changed in 1998, when Pall Mall Filters came out, priced like generics, and still substantially cheaper than other brands.
When they approached $4.00 a pck, I quit cold turkey, three years ago, and have not had a single cigarette since.
I wonder if the OP has any connection to the industry.
Camel Lights, Marlboro Lights, Parliament Lights. Gauloise Blondes and Luck Strikes when on vacation in Europe.
When quite about six years ago, I was smoking Merit Ultralights. I generally don't miss it much at all anymore though a thread like this causes that old itch.
From 1983 to 1988, Winston 100's. And boy did I notice just how fat I got when I stopped smoking!
Healthy and sorta thin now.
I smoked Lemon Twists when I was in junior high school back in the 70s.
Started on cowboy killers (Marlboro). I then liked to roll my own. Haven't smoked in many years and occasionally miss it when I have a drink.
This is such a White Belt Man thread
I see he's been around today, starting his list threads.
We buy reservation cigarettes for my mentally ill brother in law. Saves his parents (aged 85) a shitload of money. I've noticed that Indian cigarette prices are increasing, though.
If it were up to us we'd never buy cigs. But the parents-in-law insist that he must have cigarettes because it is his only pleasure in life. They are very indulgent.
Virginia Slims Menthol
Virginia Slims Menthol Lights
when out drinking - I'd smoke anything
So happy I quit four years ago after 30 years.
Marlboro reds for 20 years. Still struggling to quit, I smoke only once in awhile now.
If he's nutso, they keep him complacent, R23.
The ritual and vitamin N keep calm people down; it's why we say we "need" a cigarette.
I went from Marlboro lights to reds for 20 years.
Then I switched to generic when they hit $5 per pack.
Then I switched to a pipe because it's supposed to be a step down.
I've been inhaling pipe smoke for the last three years.
Pluses: no butts, people find the smell pleasant, I don't smoke as much.
Minuses: I cough more and my taste buds are duller than before.
Age 18: Marlboro Reds, Age 19: Gauloise Blondes, Age 24: Sherman MCDs and Parliament Lights.
smoked 28 years. started Marlboro reds then to Lucky Strike non-filter in college (punk rock) then rolled my own in grad school (anarchist, poor) then back to Marlboro reds until I quit, one year not smoking ... which is more liberating than anything I've ever done.
1975 to 1979 Parliament
1979 to 1987 Winston Lights
1987 to 1992 Marlboro Lights
1992 to 1996 Virginia Slims Lights
1996 to present Nicotine gum
Bensen and Hedges Ultra-Lights.. I smoked for 14 years and quit 7 years ago cold turkey.
I started by stealing a co-worker's Newports from the pack she'd leave out. It was 1985, I was 14 and it was my first job. After that I started buying Newports and smoked them for a few years. A teenaged white boy smoking Newports!
Somewhere around college I ditched menthols and switched to Marlboro lights. Around 2000 I switched to ultra lights. My goto brand when Marlboros were out was Parliament. I once bummed a Winston from a friend and could not believe how awful it tasted. Another friend smoked American Spirits, and I bummed from her a few times--not bad but I always misjudged the nicotine, they are MUCH stronger than typical American cigarettes. If I smoked one in under 5 minutes my heart would be racing for an hour.
Gave it all up for good 7 months ago. This is the longest I've successfully quit and it definitely feels different this time. Never again!
I started smoking menthols when I was 15. Around 20 I moved onto Silk Cut. In my late 20s I started rolling my own and did so until I quit 3 years ago. I smoked Drum Mild. I now vape but it really isn't the same. I miss my beloved cigarettes.
Started smoking camels in college. Switched over to American Spirits and then I couldn't smoke anything else (once you get used to "natural" cigs most of the big brands start tasting more chemically to you)
Now I have been strictly ecig for the last 6 months. I had quit for periods before but I always wanted a cig and would break down when I was drunk and saw people smoking. Ecigs have been a godsend personally, I prefer them to cigs and never missed smoking after the first week or two.
When I could afford them I got Sobranie cocktail cigarettes (in lovely pastel colors--very gay) or Sobranie Black Russians which I think were actually dark brown but had gold filters. When I got a job in a tobacco store I was thrilled because we were allowed to smoke on the job. If we were out of Sobranies, I'd get Dunhill. I think they were made by the same company, possibly the Rothmans brand listed up thread.
But for most of my smoking career, I smoked whatever was cheapest. And luckily I quit decades ago.
My 84 year-old grandmother smokes, and she still smokes the old-timey Pall Malls with no filters. When I smoked, I would bum one from her sometimes and it was like smoking 3 Marlboro Reds at the same time.
How that woman is still living is a medical mystery. Everybody in the family gave up telling her to quit years ago. We figure if she's made it this long, she might as well light up whenever she feels like it.
I also miss the ritual of smoking. Non-smoker for 10 years. Mine was Marlboro Light 100s.
I started out in the early 70s (14 years old) with Belair
My aunt died at age 90. She quit smoking at 89.
Benson & Hedges Ultra Light 100's Menthol. And for you non-smokers, yes that's exactly what you had to ask for... Benson & Hedges Ultra Light 100's Menthol because there would be so many different versions.
Never understood why anyone would buy Regulars over 100's because it was the same price but you'd get a longer cigarette.
Winston Select, don't now if they even make them anymore.
at 19 yrs I began with Carlton during weekend nights at gay bars, 1996, Rio, Brazil.
one year later I switch up to red Malboro for 2 years. However, it was too strong and used to make me more anxious because it get over so fast.
then, from 2000 to 2008 elected Free as my pocket friend until quit.
good times, specially when I used to be drove by sensuality and flirting.
John Player Specials was the first pack of cigarettes I ever bought. I was a 17 year old American spending the summer in London and thought the black pack with the gold JPS logo was so swanky looking.
I smoked B&H Ultra Light 100s for the first couple of years then switched to Marlboro Lights and finally Marlboro Ultra Lights. I never smoked except when drinking, basically. Finally stopped 3 or 4 years ago.
Is Parliament a NY thing? I don't live there but the only people I know who smoked those were from the city.
r42, Parliament is extremely popular in NYC and the Northeast in general. It seems to be the most popular brand after Marlboro Lights. Parliament is not all that popular in other parts of the country. I have no idea why.
I used to smoke Parliaments, and when I was on the West Coast people actually asked me if I was from the East Coast when they saw my pack. It was the damndest thing.
My all time favorite cigarette is Players Menthol. I enjoyed the smooth taste and loved the elegant packaging. This was back in the 1980s when I started to hit the bars. I have since quit and I don't miss smoking, but I have fond memories of Players cigarettes.
Smoked my last Marlboro light yesterday.
Switched to an e-cigarette.
Not looking forward to the congestion I'm going to start coughing up this week.
American Spirit - Organic!
WHY? they were hard to find and if I couldn't find them, I couldn't smoke. it was a way of restricting my habit.
Started out briefly with Marlboro Lights, then switched to Camel Turkish Gold. The first six months I was smoking was when Camel came out with all of their limited edition flavors in 2000/2001. I was smoking Turkish Jade, Izmir Stinger, Dark Mint, Mandarin Mint. They were heavenly, and I loved the tins they came in. Then I was primarily smoking Turkish Gold and Turkish Jade. Got poor after 9/11 and switched to the cheaper Dorals, at one point we were so poor my bf and I bought a pack of Double Diamonds (the cheapest of the cheap). Stayed with Turkish Gold & Turkish Jade until I quit several years ago.
Plain old boring Marlboro Lights. I quit years ago and I can still taste them. I really miss smoking, but I had to quit because I wasn't getting any younger.
I find Virginia Slims accessorize one's caftan quite nicely, don't you?
Du Maurier!! (In Canada). There was another Canadian brand that I would switch off between. Oh, to be 20 years old again and so "disillusioned." I think I started smoking in direct response to some straight guy I was fooling around with kinda telling me it was over.
Marlboro Lights. Which I understand are now called Marlboro Gold.
I quit five years ago - and I can honestly say I'v missed each and everyone since quitting.
Fuck I'm old...
Salem's in high school,
Finally those Native American ones... they are the tastiest.
I ONLY smoked American spirit organic. They went stale and the tobacco fell out like in "1984" but I only allowed myself to get those, it made it harder to smoke.
Started on Kent's at age 12. Loved smoking old time brands: Larks, Tarytons, Camel Straights, Pall Malls, smoked Winstons in college. Did the menthol thing with Kools/Newports/Alpines/Salems/Salem Lights. Marlborough, Merits, Camel Filters, Du Mauriers, Carrols in Ireland, Gauloises, Sobranies, and my absolute favorites, Export A green box. Quit at 34, 19 years ago.
Camel bullets, Camel Lights, Camel Red Lights, Parliaments.
Raleigh (don't ask)/Newport/Winston/Marlboro in the box (for that agreeable cancerous clutch at the throat)/True (vile)/Marlboro Lights/Camel Lights/Merit
R8 I also smoked YSL brand back in the day. I guess they seemed glamorous. Later it was Benson & Hedges Delue Ultra Lights.
I was never really brand identified which is odd being I was a professional smoker. I puffed my way through 39 years before giving up the habit 3 years ago. I loved each and everyone of those cigarettes. I would be back in a minute if they had a health cigarette.
American Spirit lights. I started smoking them when they came out. I started smoking abroad, where there aren't that many additives, so it was a shock to try Marlboros, which to me, tasted like dirt (and Marlboro Lights tasted like metallic dirt). I used to smoke English cigarettes as a teen (B&H) and American Spirits tasted the most normal to me.
I'm so glad I quit! I wasn't even planning on. I tried electronic cigarettes for the second time and it worked. I just stopped one day. And shortly after, I stopped smoking electronic cigarettes because, frankly, once you're over the hump, they're useless.
I'm always surprised at the number of otherwise intelligent, educated, and healthy young people who smoke. I can understand people who are addicted to it because they started back before the health risks became known, or even before it became socially unacceptable, but there's really no excuse for starting to smoke these days.
There's an old trick that to quit smoking you should pick a brand you hate and it will be easier to quit, which I tried. I replaced my beloved Marlboro Lights with Salems, because I never cared for menthols and figured quitting smoking by only using menthol cigs would make it easier. And I'm sure you can guess what happened - I totally got used to the menthol flavoring, and was every bit as hooked on the goddamn Salems as I was previously on Marlboro Lights. I finally bit the bullet and got Chantrix from my doctor. I still miss smoking but I went through hell when I gave them up - I was heavily addicted - and no matter how much I miss it I will NEVER pick up another cigarette again because quitting was such total torture for me I swore I would only do it once in my life.
You sound like me. Quitting was complete torture and I swore I would only do it once. I couldn't believe how hard it was and for so long. It was unrelenting.
Benson and Hedges
Kent Golden Lights
and finally Pall Malls.
E-cigarette user now. Just spent $100 for my next years supply of equipment and juice. Last year I spent $1800 on cigs.
Cigarettes are taxed to death these days.
In my state, they raised the tobacco tax so much that they cut off a significant revenue stream for the state.
Naturally legislators did not raise the liquor tax because their masters, the lobbyists working the Legislature, depend too much on cheap liquor to make their jobs easier.
Smoking name brand cigarettes is rapidly becoming a rich person's folly.
[quote] I find Virginia Slims accessorize one's caftan quite nicely, don't you?
But the flowers on the filter of Eve 120's really accentuate my earrings, n'est-ce pas?
Started on Salem at age 15 and transitioned to Marlboro Light in my 20's. Quit by 30ish.
FOr those of you contemplating relapsing with cigs based on fond memories found in this thread, please remember that you will SMELL LIKE SHIT after you smoke and everyone will be disgusted/made ill by the stench of the cigs clinging to you. Plus you will feel like complete shit when you wake up in the morning, worse than any hangover.
R70, Are you sure that was just a cigarette you tried?
Export A then Players Light.
I smoked Salem in college, after that I usually smoked Marlboro Lights until I quit in 2002.
[quote]I'm always surprised at the number of otherwise intelligent, educated, and healthy young people who smoke. I can understand people who are addicted to it because they started back before the health risks became known, or even before it became socially unacceptable, but there's really no excuse for starting to smoke these days.
I started in 1983, 20+ years after the surgeon general's report. But I was 14 and stupid, and surrounded by smokers. I thought the cool kids would like me. I thought that until I got to high school, but by then I was hooked. And I stayed hooked for almost 30 years until I quit 10 months ago. I probably tried to quit a hundred times, starting in my early twenties, but this time was different and I know I'm done. I'll never smoke again, thank god, because it was the hardest thing ever to quit.
Dunhill Reds and Blues. Someone(a fellow smoker) joking told me that I'd have lung cancer with a British accent then I began to quit!
I LOVED it and smoked from the age of 13 to 30.
B&H Ultra Lights -> Merit Ultra Lights -> but my favorite was Parlaiment.
I miss it at times but am glad I don't smoke anymore.
I used to smoke Silk Cut. Because I think Maurice, from the eponymous movie, used to smoke that brand and I loved the movie. It's good that characters now smoke much less on screen and when they so do, at least they don't placate you with the brand. I stopped smoking after two years.
Forget the smoking.. you don't need it. The consequences outweigh the pleaure.
I quit smoking 11 years ago but even today, when I walk by someone with a cigarette, it still smells good to me.
I don't know how anyone an afford to smoke today, here in NY cigarettes are about $15.00 a pack.
I live near an Indian reservation and cigs are about $25-35 a carton. We buy them for my husband's schizo brother who lives with his parents. The Indians aren't allowed to sell name brands anymore.
So, OP, do you think the expense is the worst part of a cigarette habit?
Are you happy with yourself for contributing in some tiny way to the smoking problem by romanticizing that filthy, dangerous habit by rhapsodizing over what brands you used to smoke? I think you're pathetic.
Very happy, r81.
I think it's positively fucking GREAT that I can twist up your panties in such a wad just by making an innocuous post on an anonymous message board.
You are a real pip, you know that?
Most former cigarette smokers are dead.
OP/R81: What does the anonymity of the message board have to do with anything, you pathetic fool? And what the hell is the point of an idiotic, irresponsible post about what brand of cancer sticks were preferred by former cigarette smokers?
Slightly OT, but as a former Marlboro smoker who quit years ago I can't believe how many different varieties of Marlboro there are now. Back in the day it was just Reds, Lights, and Menthols. Now when I got to the store and look at the cigarette rack there are at least two dozen different kinds of Marlboros now. WTF is up with that? How can all of those taste different from each other?
Anyway, I'm still glad I don't smoke anymore.
Once smoking becomes fashionable again I plan to buy a pack of Lucky Strikes.
[quote]but there's really no excuse for starting to smoke these days.
Hmm, do you judge everyone who is obese the same way also?
It is always weird to me how much passionate hatred some people have toward smoking but not towards any other unhealthy choice.
I started with Herbert Tareyton cigarettes then switched to smoking a pipe and the tobacco brand Black Knight which was not packaged, but came in a light green covered tin with dark black lettering. I stopped smoking about 19 years ago. Have you seen the prices of a carton of cigarettes?
I smoke Kool.
I plan on smoking my last cigarette on New Year's Eve.
This time, I mean it.
Marlboro Lights... the best. I miss them.
R81 / r84
This thread seems to be a crowd pleaser, so go away, you miserable scold.
Fuck you dead.
I really recommend ecigs R90, a real one, not the gas station variety. It is a easy way to quit smoking and it is a good way to lessen the temptation to go back because you will learn to prefer the ecig to actually smoking. Can't recommend them enough.
It's funny how you can tell how old someone is by the brands they listed. I'm not snarking, it's just easy to tell what time period everyone is from.
Can you smokers explain to me what about smoking made it so addictive for you? Was it the "taste"? Was it the feeling it gave you? I tried smoking for a little while when young (about 1 month) and never bothered with it because I didnt get the big deal of it all
Smoking is the gift from the gods.
I loved smoking. I loved going out to a bar and having a cigarette. I loved waking up in the morning and having a cup of coffee and a cigarette. I loved having a meal and then--yes--a cigarette.
It was a beautiful romance I had with my cigarettes. But like all great loves, it had to come to an end. I realized this when I was in my 20s and I couldn't walk up a flight of stairs without gasping for breath.
Cigarettes are your free-ins … but they often turn on you in the end (but NOT always.)
It was a enjoyable relaxation to go and have a smoke break, just a nice ritual that feels good. Like the other person mentioned nothing beats the feeling of a cig with coffee in the morning or a cig when you are buzzed after a few drinks.
Plus the actual effects of nicotine are nice, it causes a release of adrenaline, increases your basal metabolic rate, and releases stored glucose into your blood which have all effects people enjoy from smoking.
And of course it is addictive, so once you become used to smoking you very much look forward to and want to smoke because that is how addiction works.
R87 [quote]Hmm, do you judge everyone who is obese the same way also? It is always weird to me how much passionate hatred some people have toward smoking but not towards any other unhealthy choice.
While I realize that overeating is also an unhealthy choice, at least EATING itself is not, and is, in fact, REQUIRED for survival. So everyone has to start eating; no one has to start smoking.
I started smoking at 17 & quit for good at 58 (after a 3 year hiatus when I was 26-29) -- so that's 38 years? I tried Salem, Newport, Parliament, Kent, & Winston the first couple of years, then settled on Marlboro reds for the duration.
I quit almost 9 years ago & no longer miss it. At this point, if it didn't kill me, it would bankrupt me.
Marlboro Reds, the first go round. Ah, youth!
Parliament, the second.
If I live to 85 I am starting again!
Lucky Strikes then Winston.
Quit 18 years ago.
Smoking and shoplifting are the two things I enjoy most. I gave up the first but not the second.
I once tried Natural American Spirits, thinking that the all-natural, no-chemicals- added tobacco would be slightly better for me, and I couldn't even make it halfway through the pack before I threw it out. They were hands-down the nastiest, most vile cigs I've ever smoked. Even worse than Winstons, which I swear you could tar a roof with.
Try quitting booze, amateurs.
I ran into the back of a mini-van while drunk one stormy night, disabling both vehicles. For whatever reason nobody got hurt and it was before drunk driving was considered a terrible thing. I got off pretty easily in court. Something like a 35 dollar fine for "reckless lane changing" and not even a mention of alcohol being a factor. When I walked out of that courthouse, I was a non drinker and have been dry ever since 1980. Believe me it was easy to give up drinking when I was told there were 4 little kids in that van.
I quit smoking twice as an adult. This last time since 2006. I loved it! I loved every inhale and exhale of smoke. But, my throat "whistled" at night, sometimes in harmony. I was spending an enormous amount of money on smoking and after a while I didn't want to spend any more. I started smoking when they were 35 cents a pack so you know that was a long ass time ago.
Alcohol and tobacco free life. Like someone else said above, maybe I'll start smoking again when I'm 80. I miss it.
I started smoking Chesterfields which my father kept on top of the refrigerator. I was 14. I thought smoking would help me fit in. It didn't, but by then I was addicted. For the next 25 years I smoked mostly Winston.
I especially loved smoking when I was going out to the bars in the 70's and 80's. Marlboro Man drag, longneck in one hand, cigarette in the other, bonding with a potential trick over a smoke. Though my bar days are pretty much over, as I see shy guys like me now using their phones to keep themselves occupied.
I began seeing a runner, and my smoking became an issue so I quit about 30 years ago. I put on some weight, which I've never gotten off, but beyond that I'm a very happy and active 70+ with a younger partner and nothing more than a little bit of reefer now and then.
The only smoker I know died two days ago. At 66. I saw him at the hospice a little over a week ago. He weighed under a hundred pounds and I could tell he was suffering through the morphine. I wish I could find thal long ago boyfriend who would go into a snit whenever I lighted a cigarette.
Lambert and Butler menthols. I liked menthols and they worked best for me I guess.
It's strange.. smoking just disgusts me now.
Had my first cigarette, a Marlboro Light, when I was fifteen. Smoked, off and on, for nearly twenty five years. My favorite brands were Marlboro Lights Or Winston Lights. I finally quit smoking nearly four years ago, and do not miss it.
Salem Light 100s
Started with Swisher Sweets cigars. Moved to More 120s because I liked the long, brown sticks. Then smoked Marlboro Reds and then Marlboro Lights before switching to Camel lights. I tried to smoke Camel filterless but that didn't last. Finished up with Winston Reds, three packs a day. I came down with the flu and stopped smoking.
Marlboro. Kool. Kool Light. Doral Menthol. 1 - 2 packs a day. 10 years of this, and then...quit.
When I was a kid I knew quite a few elderly people (75 and over) who still smoked the old-timey unfiltered brands like Lucky Strikes and Pall Malls etc. It's funny how some people can smoke and just live to be ancient. Must be in the genes, I guess.
I started smoking my freshman year in college around 18, was about the same time I started hooking up with men, yes I'm gay, but very straight acting. I noticed alot of gay men smoked Benson & Hedges, I would bum them off of guys to start a conversation, It worked really well. Started smoking them reguarly. I've had quite a few men at straite bars hit on me and ask me about why I smoked a "gay" cigarette. 15 years later, I'll still smoke one when I drink but quite about 5 years ago, def miss my faggy B*H's
Benson & Hedges are very hard to find now, according to a friend of mine.
[quote] yes I'm gay, but very straight acting.
You have some serious issues. The fact that you feel the need to make that statement, especially in a post on a completely unrelated topic speaks volumes. I'd recommend you think about that.
R118 He probably dresses up as a female alter ego and gets into a threesome as a tranny.The comment about the faggy B and Hs was very weird.A so-called straight guy is hitting on you in a straight bar and calls yours fags, faggy....well color me speechless!