This article is part of the Tobacco portal on Sourcewatch funded from 2006 - 2009 by the American Legacy Foundation.
This 1977 Brown & Williamson document lists gimmicky ideas for new cigarettes and marketing positions for them. "Market positioning" is when marketers try to create an image or identity for a product, brand, or company. "Positioning," in the case of cigarettes, is a fantasy about the product that the company creates in the minds of the target market. Some of the ideas for new cigarette brands proposed in this document are:
- "SIMBA - for blacks, young & exotic menthol"
- "VAPORETTES - good for a cold"
- "CD - cigarette for a cold with cough drop ingredients in the filter,"
- "SILHOUETTE - Diet aid, helps with hunger pangs dulls pangs,"
- "LIBS - for women achievers,"
- "NAPOLEONS - short with burning retardant,"
- "SARGASSO - seaweed filter - with thousands of tiny follicles to trap and absorb tars and nicotine,"
- "SIGNAL - tells you when to stop smoking,"
- "HOOKAH - Turkish tobacco - rich taste smoke like a sultan,"
- STARS and STRIPES - Patriotic, red, white and blue," and
- "PURITAN - PURE smoking, health-oriented"
The market positioning proposed for many of the brands listed is "Health." Other positionings include "Natural," "Prestige," "Economy," "masculine Virginia Slims," "Modern/futuristic," and "women fastidious."
Title Cigarette Ideas
Collection Brown & Williamson