Lucy, You Got Some Smokin' to Do

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Lucy and Philip Morris

Now I know why my mum smoked Philip Morris! The soft packages were left lying around our fifties bungalow in Toronto and I remember Mum lighting up with her morning coffee and her before dinner drink. For special occasions she had beautifully gold-tipped Balkan Sobranis; we (the kids) were so impressed by the colours - deep turquoise, red and yellow. These classy cigarettes sat in silver cigarette cases lined with cedar I think, brought out for parties. When we became teenagers we noticed that Mum was just puffing, not ever inhaling. We teased her about this and, never one to be left behind by her kids, she began to inhale. Her cigarette consumption stepped up several notches and she became a real smoker. Philip Morris was the beneficiary of our bad example to my mother; she ended up being the only heavy smoker in the family. Always a very sophisticated one.

Sheila Koop more than 2 years ago

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