My first reaction to this was “Wow, I’ll bet you that waterproof coating is really bad for you when you smoke it.”, as if smoking the cigarette without the coating were good for you. Although it would be cool to see just how deadly they could make it. Perhaps if they used an asbestos filter, made the little silver band of mercury and managed to coat the tobacco in lead.

Accidental wetting does not harm cigarettes of a type just placed on the market, for the paper with which they are made is waterproof. In the test illustrated above, an experimenter held one of the new cigarettes in running water for three minutes. He then removed it and promptly smoked it as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened. Cigarettes made by the new process are said not to break apart at the tips from the moisture of the lips, a feature designed to appeal to smokers generally. Their waterproof characteristic, however, is expected to be especially popular among bathers and campers and in general they are designed to appeal to all who, for sport or work, are likely to be outdoors during inclement weather. The treatment to which the paper is subjected is said not to affect the aroma of the cigarette.

  1. 93sr20det says: February 26, 20072:32 pm

    to think cellulose papers are the hottest seller at my smoke shop!

  2. Natteravn says: February 9, 20087:20 pm

    Actually, they did make asbestos-filters once.

  3. stickman69uk2002 says: March 10, 20088:08 pm

    <<< brit here, not that long ago benson and hedges (ironically named as an anagram or the brand is “N.H.S. been a godsend”) had fibreglass in the filters

  4. Danny says: December 26, 20085:18 am

    I bet these things caused a lot of house fires…they can’t be extinguished with water.

  5. JDT says: January 7, 20105:48 pm

    It is possible that this chemical in the paper is actually some type of wax. I have some waterproof matches from that era, and they have a thin coating of wax which makes them waterproof.

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