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Tobacco Lit Contest

A bricklayer's daughter is banished to Hungary in Patricia Young's First Prize-winning entry to the Tobacco Lit Writing Contest. Read more

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A play in one act: Guy Lafleur and Wayne Gretzky stuck in an overturned car—2nd Prize winner of the Tobacco Lit Writing Contest. Read more

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"Inhale. Exhale through pursed red lips. How do you do? I’m a divorcée. A Canadian divorcée." Prize-winning Tobacco Lit by Jannie Edwards. Read more

Tobacco Lit Writing Contest

The Best of the Best

For as long as tobacco has been smoked, there have been individuals that exemplify the craft. Read more

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Tobacco: The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

Tobacco lit cannot be discussed without considering film noir: Crime Fiction in the 1940s romanticized tobacco in an irreversible way. Read more

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Virtues and Miami Vices

Miami Vice premiered in 1984 and was the last American television show to glorify smoking. Read more

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Fear, Loathing and Tobacco

Hunter S. Thompson, the creator of Gonzo journalism, was rarely seen without a cigarette. Read more

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Beatniks on Tobacco

The official blog of the Geist Tobacco Lit Writing Contest looks at the instant gratification that cigarettes provided the greatest writers of the Beat Generation. Read more

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The Honourable Suicide of Kurt Vonnegut

"The public health authorities never mention the main reason many Americans have for smoking heavily, which is that smoking is a fairly sure, fairly honorable form of suicide.” —Kurt Vonnegut Read more

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Lucy, You Got Some Smokin' to Do

I Love Lucy was unique when it first premiered because it was sponsored entirely by Philip Morris cigarettes, which gave them tremendous sway over creative content. Read more

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Breathlessness

Breathless was Jean-Luc Godard's first feature and a landmark film in the New Wave movement, containing all the hallmarks of American noir: criminals, voice-overs, a femme-fatale and lots of smoking. Read more

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Why Crad Kilodney Loves Tobacco

Crad Kilodney could always be found on Yonge Street, rain or shine, with his stapled and photocopied books in hand and a pipe in his mouth. Read more

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The Spy Who Loved Smoking

In the original novels by Ian Fleming, James Bond is a heavy smoker, putting away between sixty and seventy cigarettes a day. Read more

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Up to Snuff

The official blog of the Geist Tobacco Lit Contest looks at the extinct habit of snuff tobacco. Read more

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Springfield's Cigarettes

The official blog of the Geist Tobacco Lit Writing Contest looks at the long, hilarious history of smoking in The Simpsons. Read more

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Smoking Songs

The official blog of the Geist Tobacco Lit Writing Contest looks at the inexorable link between smoking and the image of the musician. Read more

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The Future of Smoking

The official blog of the Geist Tobacco Lit Writing Contest discusses the future of smoking as evidenced by science fiction. Read more

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Welcome to Flavour Country

The official blog of the Geist Tobacco Lit Writing Contest marks the departure of the ever-present ever-changing cigarette slogan. Read more

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Cigarettes

The official blog of the Geist Tobacco Lit Contest looks at Raymond Carver and the prevalence of cigarettes in his work. Read more

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Geistbusters

The official blog of the Geist Tobacco Lit Contest looks at the chain-smoking, ghost-hunting scientists of the 1984 hit film Ghostbusters. Read more

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