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1881 Cigares De Joy

Just in time for flu season! And just what is in these "joyful cigarettes"? Hmmm...


This advertisement for Cigares De Joy was published in the The Illustrated Australian News, 1881. In another advertisement for Cigares De Joy, the manufacturers (Wilcox & Co., 239 Oxford Street, London, W.) claim: "Joy's cigarettes afford immediate relief in cases of asthma, wheezing, winter cough, and hay fever, and, with a little perseverence, effect a permanent cure. " It also goes on to assure you that "...they may be safely smoked by ladies and children."


Cigares De Joy were popular with the medical profession, and were recommended in publications such as the London Medical Journal and the British Medical Journal. In 1875, the Medical Times and Gazette claimed that they were ”very useful little agents for inhaling the smoke of stramonium.” Datura stramonium and its relative Datura tatula were common remedies for asthma. Stramonium is hallucinogenic and an overdose can be fatal.



(UNFORTUNATELY NECESSARY DISCLAIMER FOR THE GULLIBLE: Cigarettes and cigars will _NOT_ cure any of those things! ) sheesh...

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Taken on October 1, 2009