Camel cigarettes are a brand, consisting of a blend of Turkish and American (Virginia) tobacco. Camel Cigarettes brand was introduced by U. S. company R. J. Reynolds tobacco (RJR) in 1913 and became R. J. Reynolds’ first major cigarette brand and the country’s first nationally marketed cigarette. Camel cigarettes have enjoyed nearly a century of outstanding success.
One of constituent parts of Camel cigarettes success is a combination of a high quality tobacco and the product’s low price. They belong to 10best-selling cigarette brands. Camel Cigarettes were harmonized in a way to be smoked considerably easier in contrast to the much harsher brands popular in the period of their introduction. Balanced nicotine content and a smooth taste make Camel cigarettes a classic that will never run away.
Camel cigarettes were advance promoted, prior to official release, by a careful advertising campaign that included “teasers” which stated that “the
Camels are coming” .This marketing style was, in fact, a prototype for attempts to sway public opinion that coincided with the United States’ entry into the First World War, and later the Second World War. Another promotion strategy was the use of a Circus camel, ‘Old Joe’, which was driven through town and used to distribute free cigarettes. Old Joe was used as the model for the camel on the package.
It’s interesting that though it’s considered that the Camel image on the pack is of Egyptian origin, Turkish archives say it is a symbol of gratitude of Americans to Turkish for their 34 camels’ donation to American Army in 1854. But R. J. Reynolds could hardly remember that in 1913, introducing Camel as his first major cigarette brand.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the city where R. J. R. was founded, was nicknamed “Camel City” at one time because of the brand’s popularity.
From 1972-1993, Camel was the title sponsor of the popular auto racing series. It also sponsored the Lotus Formula One team and in the nineties, sponsored the factory Honda team in the AMA Superbike series.
Nowadays, Camel cigarettes represent three different families of flavor – Classic, Turkish and Exotic Blends. The Classic styles, which represent the bulk of the brand’s business, offer rich tobacco taste. Camel cigarettes’ Turkish family offers smooth and mellow versions of the brand’s distinctive flavor. Camel Exotic Blends, a line of premium-priced, limited-edition luxury blends, offer adult smokers indulgent taste signatures.
Camel is today one of the top five global cigarette brands, sold in over 90 countries worldwide.