Capstan (cigarette)

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An old pack of Capstan cigarettes.
Product type Cigarette
Owner Imperial Tobacco (current)
W. D. & H. O. Wills (previous)
Country United Kingdom
Introduced 1894

Capstan is a brand of unfiltered British cigarettes made by Imperial Tobacco and originally launched by W. D. & H. O. Wills in 1894. The brand became less popular when the health effects of tobacco became more widely known; few shops now sell them.

In 1973[1] the UK government published a table of the tar and nicotine contents of cigarettes available in the UK market, and Capstan Full Strength contained, by a margin of 0.21 mg/cigarette, the highest nicotine content (3.39 mg/cigarette) of any brand, and the second highest tar content.[2]

However, since 2004 cigarettes sold in the UK have had a cap of 10mg of tar and 1mg of nicotine per cigarette.

Curved "Capstan Medium Cigarettes" enamel advertising sign under the bay window of a shop in Kington, England