February 3, 2012  ·  culture

The future of tobacco

It's really a shame that the Chinese market has taken to cigarettes so enthusiastically, because this uptick in buyers serves only to delay the transition of the tobacco industry into better smelling and considerably less lethal products. Artist Xu Bing's exhibition at the Aldrich, which feaures a gigantic rug made of cigarettes, is a grand artistic gesture on everyone's favourite toxic leaf, but you can make a considerably more intimiate statement with a tobacco-based fragrance. A few that we like: Miller Harris Feuilles de Tabac, woodsy and masculine. Hilde Soliani Bell'Antonio, a blend of leaf and dark coffee aromas. Aramis Havana, on the sweeter end of the scale with a strong presence of tobacco flower.

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