Cigarette holder is one of the key accessories for smokers. It adds to the personality of the user by its make and style. Made out of wood, ivory and sometimes from silver, gold or even platinum, and decorated using precious stones and gems and jewelry make the cigarette holder splendid and has been a style signature for lady smokers for decades.
The end decades of 18th Century witnessed the evolution of cigarette holders. Astonishingly this master piece accessory was devised by the beggars to smoke the left over tobacco residues left by the rich. The first short holders for cigarette were paper wraps into which the discarded tobacco and cigar were wrapped and a shaft to hold the wrap would be connected. From the beggar’s hand, it spread across the world as a style icon, most favorable for women smokers! Holder for cigarette made the ladies appear more affluent and attractive. It served the purpose of a filter for the ladies as the amount of smoke reaching their mouth was less while using a holder. The reign of these holders extended from the late 1900s through early 1970s. They form an essential part of the Japanese fashion. The holder was a convenient apparel to be used in place of a filter before the advent of cigarette filters in the 1960s. Even after that, the cigarette holder continued to be the signature accessory for women smokers.
A cigarette holder is a lengthy tube, with a broad end to accept the filtered end of the cigarette. The other end is slender and is designed to be held with the lips and be clenched into place with the teeth, if required. Though cigarettes are designed with an existing filer these days, the cigarette holders are still used as a secondary means of filtration and also helpful in preventing the nicotine stains. The purpose of it is mainly to prevent the user’s lips from touching the cigarette and keeping their fingers out of the stain. The manual ejection system introduced to the modern holders made it even more hygienic by removing the cigarette automatically after the smoke. Later, though the cigarette itself has a filer, the holders for cigarette came up with disposable and flavored filters that gave out an even more enhanced smoking experience.
These holders are classified into four based on the tube length, Opera length is normally between 16 to 20 inches, Theater Length from 10 to 14 inches, Dinner length 4 to 6 inches, and Cocktail length from 4 to 6 inches. Few feminine personalities who used the cigarette holders include Princess Margaret, actress Lucille Ball, Rita Hayworth and Audrey Hepburn. The best known men users were Franklin D Roosevelt, Tennessee Williams, Comic actor Terry Thomas, and Hunter S Thompson.
The transition of being beggar’s last resort to an icon of style is of course commendable!