Oldest Cigarette Brands in the World that are Still Existing Today

10 Oldest Cigarette Brands That Still Exist Today

Are you curious to know which is the oldest cigarette brand? If yes, then you came to the right place. In this post, we will go through 10 of the cigarette brands that have made history and became the first among the rest to hit the market.

Please note that the cigarette brands listed on this post are what we have on the record. There might be older brands but they are not well documented.

Nevertheless, you will surely find the list interesting as we go back in time and find the oldest cigarette brands in the world.

10. Pall Mall

Year introduced: 1899
Country: United Kingdom
Owner: British American Tobacco
Market: Around the world
Year in existence (as of August 2022): 123 years

Pall Mallphoto source: Wikipedia

Pall Mall was first introduced in the United Kingdom as a premium cigarette brand. Its main target market was the upper class. That’s why its name itself is derived from the upscale London street, Pall Mall, which is well known as a place where private clubs are located.

The height of Pall Mall’s popularity was in 1960, which is the same time when they introduced longer cigarettes. However, due to fierce competition especially against Winston cigarettes, Pall Mall started to lose its appeal and was eventually bought by another corporation.

Did you know?

If you look closely at the Pall Mall logo, you’ll read a Latin phrase, “In hoc signo vinces.” This means, “By this sign shall you conquer.” That’s the reason you see two regal lions and a knight’s helmet on its logo.


9. Chesterfield

Year introduced: 1896
Country: United States
Owner: Altria
Market: Europe, Middle East, and United States
Year in existence (as of August 2022): 126 years

Chesterfieldphoto source: Wikipedia

Chesterfield got its name from Chesterfield County, Virginia. This brand was first introduced as a blend of Virginia and Turkish tobacco. Throughout its history, it has undergone a number of ownership changes until it was acquired by Altria in 1999.

In the past, men commonly smoked cigarettes. However, in 1926, Chesterfield held their ad campaign best remembered by its line, “Blow some my way” which suggests women can smoke too.

Did you know?

Chesterfield made a lot of history in the field of cigarettes. It is the first brand that introduced a cigarette pack that comes with an extra layer. This made their cigarettes preserve more moisture, making them tastier.

Aside from that, Chesterfield was also the first brand that offered two sizes of their cigarettes, the King and Regular.


8. State Express 555

Year introduced: 1896
Country: England
Owner: British American Tobacco
Market: Worldwide
Year in existence (as of August 2022): 126 years

photo source: Wikipedia

Cigarettes are known to be cheap and affordable. They are mass-produced and cater to the general public. Nevertheless, State Express 555 (also known as simply 555 or Bentoel 555), is different. This cigarette brand is a luxury cigarette from England.

Today, State Express 555 is sold around the world. However, it is more popular in Asia, particularly in Cambodia, Vietnam, and China. Its tagline summarizes its unique offer: “Smoothness Above All Else.”

Did you know?

The name State Express was inspired by the visit of Sir Albert Levy to Manhattan, USA. During his travels, he was one of the passengers of the Empire State Express train. The train held the record as the fastest land locomotive vehicle.


7. Capstan

Year introduced: 1894
Country: United Kingdom
Owner: Imperial Brands
Market: Mainly sold in the United Kingdom
Year in existence (as of August 2022): 128 years

photo source: Wikipedia

Capstan is an unfiltered cigarette brand from the United Kingdom. If you live long enough, you would remember that Capstan was one of the most popular cigarette brands during the early part of the 20th century.

In its earliest days, the owner of Capstan spent a lot of money advertising the brand. It is also among the brands that heavily targeted female audiences. Some of its well-known slogans were “Have Capstan” and “Time for a Capstan.”

Did you know?

Since Capstan doesn’t have any filter, its sales dwindled in the 1940s as more medical findings linked cigarette smoking to lung cancer and other health problems. Even the 1979 hit song “Saturday’s Kids” mentioned in its lyrics how parents smoke Capstan and die of cancer.


6. Woodbine

Year introduced: 1888
Country: England, United Kingdom
Owner: Imperial Tobacco
Market: United Kingdom, Ireland
Year in existence (as of August 2022): 134 years

Woodbinephoto source: Wikipedia

Woodbine is a British cigarette brand whose name was derived from woodbine flowers. As an unfiltered cigarette, it has a strong taste and flavor. Because it is affordable, Woodbine was predominantly smoked by the working class in the early years of the 20th century.

Its popularity even grew during World War I and II when army men preferred to smoke Woodbine over other brands. Not only that but there was a time when a British chaplain gave away Bibles together with Woodbine cigarettes.

Did you know?

The Woodbine brand became unpopular in the 1950s along with other unfiltered cigarettes. In an effort to increase sales, Woodbine launched a filtered version of its cigarette but was eventually discontinued.


5. Sobranie

Year introduced: 1879
Country: England, United Kingdom
Owner: Japan Tobacco International
Market: England, Germany, Turkey
Year in existence (as of August 2022): 143 years

Sobraniephoto source: Wikipedia

Albert Weinberg is credited to have started the Balkan Sobranie tobacco business in 1879. At first, all his cigarettes were made manually following the Russian way of making cigarettes.

Because of the tradition and culture behind Sobranie, it is considered a luxury cigarette for most of its history. In fact, Sobranie was adopted as the cigarette of choice of various royals, monarchs, and elites in Europe and Russia.

Did you know?

Sobranie comes in premium versions and is marked with the Russian imperial eagle logo. In 2004 and 2005, Sobranie sponsored the Jordan Grand Prix.


4. Benson & Hedges

Year introduced: 1873
Country: United Kingdom
Owner: Altria
Market: Around the world
Year in existence (as of August 2022): 149 years

photo source: Needler’s Fresh Farmers

Benson & Hedges, although a British brand, is owned by Altria, an American conglomerate. Depending on the region, this cigarette brand is manufactured and marketed by different companies such as Philip Morris USA and Rothmans.

The name Benson & Hedges came from the names of its founders —- Richard Benson and William Hedges. However, upon their death, the ownership was eventually changed, but the brand name was retained.

Did you know?

Benson & Hedges is the brand of choice of King George VI. Because of this, the cigarette brand received a Royal Warrant in 1878, which allowed the brand to develop a luxurious image in the market. However, in 1999, the Royal Warrant was revoked due to the decreased demand in the royal family.


3. Lucky Strike

Year introduced: 1871
Country: United Kingdom
Owner: British American Tobacco
Market: Around the world
Year in existence (as of August 2022): 151 years

photo source: Colour Studies

Also colloquially known as “luckies,” Lucky Strike is an American cigarette brand owned by a British company. In the 1930s and 1940s, Lucky Strike was considered to be the most popular cigarette brand in terms of sales.

At first, the Lucky Strike cigarette was chewing tobacco, which eventually became a cigarette in the 1900s. The main slogan of Lucky Strike in 1917 is “It’s toasted.” In the past, tobacco was normally sun-dried. However, Lucky Strike toasts the tobacco, which they claim to improve the flavor of the cigarette.

Did you know?

The name Lucky Strike is interesting. It was inspired by the gold rushes in the past. According to statistics at that time, there were only about four miners out of a thousand who would “strike” gold. So, the Lucky Strike cigarette symbolizes how lucky people are to smoke their product.


2. Philip Morris

Year introduced: 1847
Country: United States
Owner: Philip Morris International
Market: Around the world
Year in existence (as of August 2022): 175 years

photo source: Wikipedia

Philip Morris is perhaps the most widely known brand on a global scale. It started in England, United Kingdom, and was later introduced in the United States where it thrived exponentially. Just in 2016, the company sold more than 36 billion cigarettes in over 40 countries.

Did you know?

Philip Morris almost went out of business in the 1950s. People weren’t buying the brand anymore. However, that changed when Philip Morris changed their packaging and advertising approach. Instead of stressing that their cigarette doesn’t cause irritation, they use the word “gentleness.” A simple change in words saved the company.


1. Muratti

Year introduced: 1821
Country: Germany and United Kingdom
Owner: Philip Morris International
Market: Around the world
Year in existence (as of August 2022): 201 years

Murattiphoto source: Wikipedia

Muratti is the oldest cigarette brand in the world and is still being sold today. The cigarette started in Istanbul, Turkey, and was founded by Basil Muratoglu, a Greek tobacco businessman.

However, Muratoglu was forced to move his business to Western Europe after the Ottoman Empire obtained exclusive control and possession of the tobacco industry.

Did you know?

There are three Muratti variants — Zaffiro, Chiaro, and Rosso. Its slim packaging makes it stand out from other brands. As the oldest cigarette brand today, Muratti is more than just a cigarette brand, but a living testimony to people’s fondness for cigarettes.

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