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A blend of Turkish and Virginia tobacco, Chesterfields were introduced by the Drummond Tobacco Company of St. Louis, Missouri in 1873. The company was acquired by American Tobacco Company in 1898, which manufactured Chesterfields until 1911. In 1912 the brand was taken over by Liggett & Myers and production moved to Durham, North Carolina. The brand was acquired by Philip Morris (now Altria) in 1999.
Chesterfield was the first cigarette to add an extra layer of wrapping to their pack to preserve moisture (1916). In 1926, Chesterfield’s “Blow some my way” ad campaign broke new ground by implying that women could smoke, while a 1948 ad produced for NBC claimed that the brand was “preferred by professional smokers” Chesterfield was the first cigarette to be offered in two sizes (King and Regular) in 1952.