Doral (cigarette)

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Doral
Doral American Blend (Full Flavour).jpg
An old American pack of Doral cigarettes
Product type Cigarette
Owner R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Produced by R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Country United States
Introduced 1969; 49 years ago (1969)
Markets United States, Argentina[1][2][3]
Tagline "Taste me!", "Premium Taste, Guaranteed."

Doral is an American brand of cigarettes, currently owned and manufactured by the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

History[edit]

Doral was introduced in 1969 and is available nationwide in the United States.[4]

Originally a premium brand, the cigarettes were re-branded in 1984 as a savings brand.[5] This made Doral the officially first branded cigarette to be in the value-savings market.[4]

In 1984, The New York Times tested various "low tar" and "low nicotine" brands and the tests concluded that Doral King Size and Doral King Size menthol had 5 MG of tar, 0,4 MG of nicotine and 3 MG of Carbon monoxide.[6]

In 1999, it was reported that, due to R.J. Reynolds' sponsoring of various sport sponsorships, the brand was the third largest tobacco brand after Marlboro and Newport.[7]

In October 2014, it was reported that R.J. Reynolds might add another brand that had to be sold off to Imperial Tobacco (along with the Kool, Kool, Winston and Maverick brands) to secure the approval of the Federal Trade Commission to purchase the Lorillard Tobacco Company. This did not happen however, and R.J. Reynolds still sells the brand today.[8]

Doral currently receives limited support from R.J. Reynolds, as Pall Mall has taken over as the company's primary discount brand.[4]

Vintage Zippo Cigarette Lighter Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Doral Cigarettes

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R.J. Reynolds made various poster adverts to promote the Doral brand.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18] Magazine advertisements were done in comic strip format; a memorable example had a lion tamer worried about what his Doral pack sang.[19][20][21][22]

Doral's current slogan is "Premium Taste, Guaranteed". An early slogan was "Taste me!" done with female voices on broadcast commercials. This was lampooned by George Carlin in his 1972 stand-up bit "Sex in Commercials".[23]

R.J. Reynolds also printed cigarette cards for Doral during the years 2000-2001.[24]

Sponsorship[edit]

NASTAR skiing[edit]

In 1972 and 1973, Doral was a sponsor of the NASTAR skiing competition by providing a special "DORAL-NASTAR Award". You could win a custom made wind-shirt with a "DORAL-NASTAR" patch on it.[25][26][27][28][29][30][31]

Variations[edit]

All are available in flip top boxes 100's.

  • Red (Full Flavor)
  • Gold (Lights)
  • Menthol (Full Flavor)
  • Menthol Gold (Menthol Lights)
  • Silver (Ultra Lights)

Sizes[edit]

  • Kings
  • 100s

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BrandDoral - Cigarettes Pedia". www.cigarettespedia.com. 
  2. ^ "Doral". www.zigsam.at. 
  3. ^ "Brands". www.cigarety.by. 
  4. ^ a b c "What We Make - R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company". 
  5. ^ "Advertising; Doral Set As Generic Cigarette". The New York Times. 11 May 1984. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  6. ^ AP. "4 CIGARETTE BRANDS RATED LOW IN 3 RISK CATEGORIES". 
  7. ^ "LOYALTY PROGRAM TAKES RJR'S DORAL TO NO. 3; TREND FIGHTER: 'DEAD, OLD' CIGARETTE BRAND REIGNITED". 
  8. ^ Journal, Richard Craver/Winston-Salem. "Reynolds may have to include Doral in Lorillard deal". 
  9. ^ "Untitled Document". tobacco.stanford.edu. 
  10. ^ "1980 Doral II Cigarettes Ad - This little tar 5mg". Vintage Paper Ads. 
  11. ^ "vintage cigarette posters". Pinterest. 
  12. ^ "Stuff". Pinterest. 
  13. ^ "Poor Women of Color, The Tobacco Industry Wants You!". www.smokingwhileblack.org. 
  14. ^ "1973 Ad, Doral Cigarettes, Recessed Filter System". 
  15. ^ "Vintage Tobacco/ Cigarette Ads of the 1990s (Page 7)". www.vintageadbrowser.com. 
  16. ^ "1995 Doral Cigarettes Ad - Smokers Rights". Vintage Paper Ads. 
  17. ^ "1997 Doral Cigarette Ad - Listens". Vintage Paper Ads. 
  18. ^ Dewhirst, Timothy (1 November 2012). "Price and tobacco marketing strategy: lessons from 'dark' markets and implications for the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control". Tobacco Control. 21 (6): 519–523. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050693. PMID 23024172 – via tobaccocontrol.bmj.com. 
  19. ^ Inc, Time (1971-12-31). LIFE. Time Inc. pp. back cover. 
  20. ^ "Vintage Tobacco/ Cigarette Ads of the 1970s (Page 4)". www.vintageadbrowser.com. 
  21. ^ "Taste Me (Doral Cigarettes, 1972)". 
  22. ^ "Industry Targeting of Youth". portal.ct.gov. 
  23. ^ Rich Roland (16 February 2013). "Steve Roland Cigarette Commercial" – via YouTube. 
  24. ^ "Doral Cigarettes: Bringing Cigarette Advertising Back to its Roots". Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  25. ^ "Ski". 1 November 1972 – via Google Books. 
  26. ^ "Ski". 1 December 1972 – via Google Books. 
  27. ^ "Ski". 1 August 1972 – via Google Books. 
  28. ^ "Ski". 1 February 1973 – via Google Books. 
  29. ^ "Skiing". 1 December 1972 – via Google Books. 
  30. ^ "Vintage Sew-on Patch Martini Racing BIG!! - eBay". eBay. 
  31. ^ "DORAL NASTAR ~ SKI RACING EMBROIDERED SEW ON ONLY PATCH SPORT ADVERTISING - eBay". eBay.