Jack Tapper at ABC News seems amused by a picture of Obama's brand cigarettes that a reader from Florida sent. Apparently, the presidential pleasure sticks are manufactured by a Uruguayan company, Montepaz, and sold in the States. Aside from that, there's little information about the smokes.
This, however, is not the first time a U.S. president has been honored by his own tobacco product. Surprisingly, we're not talking about Bill Clinton cigars.
Just 22 years ago, there was a promotional brand of cigarettes known as Campaign '88, which featured both a George Bush version and the less popular Dukakis variant (then again, who wants to suck on a Dukakis?)
From John F. Kennedy's term through Ronald Reagan's last term, it was also apparently common for the White House to offer guests boxes of cigarettes bearing the presidential seal.
No president ever had an official brand of cigarette, though, but one did make money endorsing them. Yep, Ronald Reagan.
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