• First cigarettes

    The first commercial cigarettes were made in 1865 by Washington Duke on his 300-acre farm in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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  • cigarette-making machine

    James Bonsack invented the cigarette-making machine in 1881.
    Bonsack's cigarette machine could make 120,000 cigarettes a day.
    They built a factory and made 10 million cigarettes their first year and about one billion cigarettes five years later.
  • Marlboro

    In 1902 Philip Morris company came out with its Marlboro brand.
  • World War One

    World War One
    Everything changed during World War I (1914-18) and World War II (1939-45). Soldiers overseas were given free cigarettes every day.
  • World War Two

    By 1944 cigarette production was up to 300 billion a year. Service men received about 75% of all cigarettes produced.
  • Dangers

    In 1964 the Surgeon General of the U.S. (the chief doctor for the country) wrote a report about the dangers of cigarette smoking.
  • Warnings

    In 1965 the Congress of the U.S. passed the Cigarette Labelling and Advertising Act. It said that every cigarette pack must have a warning label on its side stating "Cigarettes may be hazardous to your health."
  • Flights

    Since 1990, airlines have not allowed smoking on airplane flights in the U.S. that are six hours or less.
  • Sales

    In 1992 Philip Morris sold 11 billion cigarettes to Russia alone.
  • Tobacco advert ban

    Tobacco advert ban
    Adverts banned in the UK
  • Public places

    Public places
    Smoking in enclosed public places will be banned in England from 1 July