I quit smoking cigarettes four years ago this month. My wife was just diagnosed with cancer and my father was in treatment for cancer as well. I just decided "this is it, I'm done" and threw away about a third of a pack and never looked back, not even one drag. I don't even think about it, frankly.

However, growing up, both of my parents smoked including my grandmother and like a typical teenager, I was oddly intrigued by smoking. I eventually stole one of my mothers one day, and ran up to the woods with a buddy and we started a nasty habit. At first, the shock to your lungs was unbearable, but ya "gotta get used to it", right?

Smoking is terrible for you on multi-levels; however, cigarettes were a big part of American culture.

10 CIGARETTE BRANDS MASSACHUSETTS FOLKS SHOULD REMEMBER

 

1. BENSON AND HEDGES

This British brand of cigarettes was introduced in 1873.

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2. TAREYTON

I used to cut lawns for a woman who smoked Tareytons by the carton, I always wanted to steal a pack, but never did! Tareytons sported a two-part filter.

 

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3. EVE

Targeted toward women, this brand was introduced in 1971.

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4. LUCKY STRIKE

Introduced in 1871, Luckies were the top-selling brand in the 1930s and 1940s.

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5. VICEROY

Introduced in 1936, "As Your Dentist, I Would Recommend Viceroys".

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6. MONTCLAIR

My Uncle Danny's favorite!

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7. MERIT

My grandmother's go-to, that and a stiff warm Manhattan!

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8. DORAL

Introduced in 1969, Doral was rebranded as a savings brand in 1984.

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9. KENT

Introduced in 1952, Kent was always top ten until 1979.

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10. PALL MALL

Pronounced PAL MAL, and not PAUL MAUL, these cigarettes were introduced in 1899. Filter or non.

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