Chesterfield (brand of cigarettes)

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Ingredients of a cigarette
Chesterfield Blue
Condensate / tar : 6 mg
Nicotine : 0.6 mg
Carbon monoxide : 7 mg
Sucrose , licorice extract , invert sugar , glycerine , starch , ethyl cellulose , cocoa products , water
Chesterfield Red
Condensate / tar: 10 mg
Nicotine: 0.8 mg
Carbon monoxide: 10 mg
Sucrose, licorice extract, invert sugar, glycerine, starch, ethyl cellulose, cocoa products, water
Chesterfield Blue

Chesterfield is a brand of cigarettes owned by the Altria Group (formerly Phillip Morris ) that has been manufactured since 1873. At times it was one of the three most popular types of cigarettes in the USA . The unfiltered version is known to be extremely strong.

The Chesterfield was originally developed by the Drummond Tobacco Company of St. Louis in the US state of Missouri . In 1873 it was taken over by the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company ( L&M ), then the largest chewing tobacco producer in the USA. After the invention and further development of the first cigarette machines (1881), machine processing with its enormous profits initially triggered fierce competition, then the battle for the cigarette monopoly. The American Tobacco Company emerged as the victor with James Duke, who acquired the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company in 1898 and helped the Chesterfield brand to become popular in 1914 with a new taste and a different packaging. Chesterfield has been manufactured by Phillip Morris since 1998 .

Chesterfield became particularly popular in the US in the 1950s as it was the favorite brand of Humphrey Bogart and teenage idol James Dean . Glenn Miller and later US President and then actor Ronald Reagan promoted the brand in the 1940s and 1950s, respectively.

This brand is smoked more often in Ian Fleming's James Bond novels , for example by Bond himself (Goldfinger) or by Felix Leiter (Fireball).

In Germany, the packaging design was changed in the 1990s from the originally white box to the sleeve modeled on brown cardboard . In addition to the original brand, there was now also a "light" version with a blue instead of a red label.

Since the banning of the “lights” term for cigarettes, they returned to the original design in the early 2000s.

Chesterfield in motorcycle racing

From 1987 to 1994, the Chesterfield cigarette brand was the main sponsor of the “BYRD” (Belgarda Yamaha Racing Division) motorcycle team at the Paris – Dakar rally . The “Yamaha Sonauto” competition team was sponsored by the Gauloises cigarette brand .

The best-known drivers of the team are Gilles Lalay (had a fatal accident in the Cape Town Rally in 1992), Cyril Neveu (1st winner of the Dakar rally on a Yamaha XT 500 , a total of five victories in the Paris-Dakar rally) and Franco Picco (the "Eternal second" of the rally).

In addition, under the name “Chesterfield Scout”, a collaboration with enduro sports on a more private level was established. So there was E.g. at Yamaha in 1989 a “Chesterfield DT” with 125 cm³, for the Yamaha XTZ 750 Super Ténéré there was the color variant “Chesterfield” in its first model year 1989. There was also an Aprilia RS 125 replica with the Chesterfield lettering on the side panel.

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