From The Age of Addiction: Manufacturers of addictive products have long sought to attract the young, glamorize suspect behavior, and soft-pedal risks. “If you want a Cigarette which will not injure your health in any way, smoke the ‘JUNIOR PARTNER.’ They have a corn shuck mouth-piece, which extracts the nicotine and the bad effects of the burning paper … [and] have no opium or flavorings in them; are hand made, and ¼ of an inch longer than any other Cigarette.” What doomed this mid-1880s brand was less its inventive promotion than the tidal wave of cheap, machine-made cigarettes that turned a marginal form of tobacco consumption into a mass addiction. Reformers counterattacked against cigarettes and other manufactured vices, including the opium that the manufacturer disavowed. Courtesy of the Virginia Historical Society.

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