Capri (cigarette)

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Capri
Capri cigarettes text.png
Product typeCigarette
OwnerR.J. Reynolds
Produced byR.J. Reynolds
CountryUnited States
Introduced1956; 63 years ago (1956)
MarketsSee Markets
Previous ownersBrown & Williamson
Tagline"Menthol, but with a soft, fresh taste.", "The slimmest slim in town", "There is no slimmer way to smoke"

Capri (also known as Caprice in Germany) is an American brand of cigarettes, currently owned and manufactured by the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.[1]

History[edit]

The first American version of Capri was introduced in 1956 by Lee Brothers Tobacco, as "Capri Rainbows", a high-end brand with different-coloured cigarette papers. At a later point, the Capri trademark was acquired by Brown & Williamson, who first made Capri as a regular-gauge menthol cigarette.

The brand was relaunched in 1987 as the world's first superslim cigarette, and to compete with other slim cigarettes which were marketed towards women at the time, such as Virginia Slims.[2][3] Susan Cameron was one of the people who oversaw the re-launch of the brand at the time.[4]

When Brown & Williamson merged with R.J. Reynolds in 2004, a new company called Reynolds American was formed, and the company manufactures the brand to this day.[5]

The cigarette has a slim shape, at 17 mm in circumference[6] and 100 mm in length, specifically marketed towards women. By comparison, standard cigarettes are 25 mm in circumference, and slim cigarettes are 23 mm in circumference. Capri is available in regular and menthol light varieties, as well as regular and menthol ultra-light varieties. Capri is also available in a 120 mm length, which the packaging describes as "luxury length."

Advertising[edit]

Before the introduction of the modern-day Capri brand, a few TV advertisements were made in the 1960s to promote a brand under the similar name. The brand was menthol-only and emphasised that, out of the smokers that were tested, Capri was preferred. Its slogan was "Menthol, but with a soft, fresh taste."[7][8][9]

Various poster adverts were also made to promote the brand, especially towards young women.

Advertisements for Capri follow the logic that slimmer is better, apparently influenced by the assumption that women prefer to be physically slim, since a slender figure is often presented as more desirable in women’s fashion magazines and by models in the fashion industry. Slogans such as "The slimmest slim in town" (1988) and "There is no slimmer way to smoke" (1994) provided a not-so-subliminal message that by smoking Capri cigarettes, consumers could count on obtaining or maintaining a slimmer figure than everyone else. [10][11]

In 2000, it was reported that advertising for Capri, which was managed by "Bates Advertising" would be transferred to Grey Global Group. Grey also managed advertising for Carlton, Pall Mall, GPC and Misty brands. Additionally, Grey would remain B&W's agency-of- record. Bates would maintain account responsibilities for Kool and Lucky Strike brands.[12]

Controversy[edit]

Italian Isle of Capri sues Brown & Williamson[edit]

In May 1989, the Italian island of Capri sued Brown & Williamson for using the name on their ultra-slim cigarette brand.

A lawsuit that the island filed against the Louisville-based tobacco company went to trial in Rome on June 30, 1989. Capri officials say they do not want their paradise associated with a potentially harmful product, and Brown & Williamson has no right to market a cigarette in Italy if Capri vetoes the plan. The manufacturer has contended that the action is groundless because the company has complied with "all applicable laws in securing rights to use the Capri name in Italy and in other countries where the brand is sold," said company spokeswoman Valeris Oates. Oates said the company obtained necessary approvals from Italian trademark officials and the nationally owned cigarette distribution system.

Browns & Williamson sells Capri in 60 countries, including the United States, where it went into national distribution in 1987. Billed as the "slimmest ultra-slim," the cigarette is aimed at women.[13]

Brown & Williamson putting higher nicotine levels in Capri cigarettes[edit]

In 1995, there was further controversy when in 1995 the former B&W vice president and chemical researcher Jeffrey Wigand defected from the company.

Wigand revealed the company’s secrets, saying that they had been adding unreported chemicals to the cigarettes. The Kool, Capri, and Viceroy cigarettes had increased nicotine levels to promote higher addiction factors, therefore promoting sales.[14]

Markets[edit]

Capri is mainly sold in the United States, but also was or still is sold in Mexico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Costa Rica, Brazil, West Germany, Germany (where the brand is known as "Caprice" due to a trademark issue), Switzerland, Italy, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Hong Kong and Japan.[5][15][16][17]

Varieties[edit]

All are available only in flip-top boxes.

  • Capri Magenta (Lights) 100's & 120's
  • Capri Indigo (Menthol Lights) 100's & 120's
  • Capri Violet (Ultra Lights) 100's
  • Capri Jade (Menthol Ultra Lights) 100's

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What We Make - R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company".
  2. ^ "Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation -- Company History". www.company-histories.com.
  3. ^ Shirk, Adrian. "The Death of the Cool Feminist Smoker".
  4. ^ "Tobacco CEO Susan Cameron can't quit".
  5. ^ a b "BrandCapri - Cigarettes Pedia". www.cigarettespedia.com.
  6. ^ McAdam, Kevin; Eldridge, Alison; Fearon, Ian M.; Liu, Chuan; Manson, Andrew; Murphy, James; Porter, Andrew (2016). "Influence of cigarette circumference on smoke chemistry, biological activity, and smoking behaviour". Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology. 82: 111–126. doi:10.1016/j.yrtph.2016.09.010. ISSN 0273-2300. PMID 27634061.
  7. ^ Classic Commercials (28 January 2014). "3 Classic Retro Capri Cigarettes Commercials" – via YouTube.
  8. ^ ADmuse's Cigarette Commercials (11 March 2015). "Capri Brand Cigarette Commercials #1960s # 1" – via YouTube.
  9. ^ ADmuse's Cigarette Commercials (11 March 2015). "Capri Brand Cigarette Commercials #1960s # 2" – via YouTube.
  10. ^ "Stanford Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising". tobacco.stanford.edu.
  11. ^ "1980s ad campaign for Capri women's cigarettes". Found in Mom's Basement.
  12. ^ "Brown & Williamson Tobacco Transfers CAPRI Account. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com.
  13. ^ Press, From Associated (8 May 1989). "Italian Isle Burned Over Capri Cigarettes" – via LA Times.
  14. ^ ""Viceroy" were the first ever cork tipped filter cigarettes". 19 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Capri". www.zigsam.at.
  16. ^ "Caprice". www.zigsam.at.
  17. ^ "Brands". www.cigarety.by.