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October 24, 2014

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Profile America — Friday, October 24th. One of the nation's most successful brand names went on sale for the first time this month in 1913--Camel cigarettes, the first pre-blended, packaged cigarettes. While machine-rolled cigarettes had been around since 1881, Camel was the first brand to become nationally popular. Coincidentally, Camels pioneered the now almost universal 20-cigarette pack. By 1919, with increasing advertising and product availability, cigarettes overtook pipe tobacco in the number of pounds consumed. Shortly after World War II, about 45 percent of Americans smoked. Now, just over 18 percent do so. Cigarette manufacturing remains a $32 billion dollar a year business for some of the country's 114 tobacco manufacturing establishments. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at

1900-1950 Tobacco chronology
Tobacco history
Brand history
Recent smoking statistics
Graph of smoking statistics
Annual Survey of Manufacturers value of shipments NAICS 312221
2012 Economic Census data on tobacco manufacturing establishments NAIC 312230

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: October 01, 2014