Cigarettes played an unexpected role in Chinese weddings in the 1980s and ’90s: the bride had to light a cigarette for every man attending the wedding banquet as a token of gratitude.
Coming across a collection of photos dating back to the 1980s and 90s, archivist and photography collector Thomas Sauvin was surprised to see the omnipresence of cigarettes at Chinese nuptials. Documenting the strange tradition as part of his Beijing Silvermine series, the French-native, who has lived in Beijing for over a decade, released a book entitled Until Death Do Us Part dedicated entirely …
While the tradition is slowly dying out, nicotine once held a monumental role in Chinese wedding celebrations. Guests were offered packets of cigarettes as favours and allowed free rein to chain-smoke over dinner, while the newlyweds shared bongs and partook in smoking-themed games.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Double Happiness cigarettes played an unexpected role in Chinese weddings: the bride had to light a cigarette for every man attending the wedding banquet as a …
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A majority of men smoke in China, and often use cigarettes to break the ice or lubricate all kinds of social avenues. The tobacco industry in China is huge: it posted a $90 billion profit in 2010 and now produces 40% of the world’s tobacco.
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The strange, underground world of Chinese counterfeit cigarettes. By the way, this is not just a Chinese problem. Profit margins are great and risks are much less if compared to say drug trafficking and sale.
Cigarette smoking is very prevalent, and China has the unenviable position as the top tobacco consuming nation (2.64 trillion in 2009). In the 1980s when there were very few foreign travelers whole crowds would just ’stare’ at the strange apparition. It is best to try to ignore a sea of staring faces. Chinasage, ‘Chinese Customs and
As of last year, though, Chinese counterfeiters were manufacturing separate versions of Marlboro tailored for some 60 countries—down to the specific details of tax stamps and regional health warnings. As many as 99 percent of counterfeit cigarettes in the United States come from China.
This is a list of current cigarette brands. The table is sortable for every column.