Book Review and Giveaway: The Cigarette Book

by Kay Lynn

If you would have told me a few months ago I would be reviewing a book titled The Cigarette Book: The History and Culture of Smoking, disbelief is a mild description of my reaction.

As a strong anti-smoking advocate (in an extended family of smokers), I was interested to see what would be in a book with this title.

I also was ready to read a book that was NOT about personal finance for a change.  Well, it’s a book even someone like me can read.


The Cigarette Book by Chris Harrald and Fletcher Watkins is an book full of entertaining tidbits about smoking in an encyclopedia format.  You can pick it up at any time and select any page and start reading something interesting!

The short stories are ordered alphabetically and no more than a page in length.


This book would be a great gift for ex or current smokers as well as fact nerds like myself.  Speaking of which, did you know that cocaine cigarettes were marketed to women in the 1920s?  Fascinating!

I immediately thought of it as a bathroom book (for those that also refer to it as a reading room).  The book is a light-hearted look at history and smoking.

Win a Copy

There are four ways to enter the giveaway. For each entry, leave a separate comment.

1. COMMENT: Leave any comment. (MANDATORY)

2. SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to Buck$ome Boomer and leave a comment saying if it is via RSS or email.

3. TWITTER: Tweet the giveaway and leave a comment letting me know.

4. BLOG: Include the giveaway in a post on your blog linking to this article and leave a comment.

The Rules

This giveaway is open to those 18 or older and U.S. residents only.  Entries close on November 16th at noon Pacific Time and the winner will be selected via And the Winner Is… plugin.  If there is not a response within 48 hours to request for mailing address another winner will be selected. Remember to leave an email address that you’ll be checking.

Good luck!

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Kevin November 9, 2010 at 6:06 am

I could use a new book for the bathroom

Kevin November 9, 2010 at 6:07 am

I subscribe via RSS

Kevin November 9, 2010 at 6:11 am

I retweeted

Elizabeth November 9, 2010 at 9:12 am

Seems like an interesting read actually. I would like to win a copy.

Money Reasons November 9, 2010 at 7:45 pm

I’ve already won during on previous giveaway during the year…

I’m just blogging to say I’m a fact nerd too! Especially those statistics based or very unusual from the normal perception…

Deedee November 10, 2010 at 8:09 am

This book would be a perfect gift for a friend of mine!
And speaking of the history of smoking – I have a memory as a small child of waiting in the doctor’s office and lots of people smoking cigarettes in the waiting room! (yes, that was MANY years ago.) And one man was blowing cigarette rings and I was chasing them to stick my fingers in the rings!

jacque November 15, 2010 at 11:14 am

This sounds like an interesting book. my sister and me would want to read this. thanks!

jacque November 15, 2010 at 11:16 am

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