Parliament (cigarette)

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Israeli pack of Parliament cigarettes
Product typeCigarette
OwnerPhilip Morris International
Produced byPhilip Morris International
CountryUnited States
Introduced1931; 91 years ago (1931)
MarketsSee Markets
Tagline"Only the flavor touches your lips", "Tobacco tastes best when the filter's recessed"
Carcinogenicity: IARC group 1

Parliament is an American brand of cigarettes, currently owned and manufactured by Philip Morris USA in the United States and Philip Morris International outside of the United States.


The brand was launched in 1931 and is distinctive for its recessed paper filters.[1] It was originally used as an advertising gimmick when cigarettes did not have filters. The first commercial cigarette filters came into use in 1935.[2]

Until the late 1950s, Parliaments were packaged in a two-layer "hard" pack. That packaging continued under the Benson & Hedges brand after Parliament adopted a conventional paper pack.

Parliaments are one of few brands of cigarettes on the mainstream market to feature a recessed paper filter. Cigarette filters became common in most cigarettes in the 1950s. In the 1940s and 1950s, the brand was marketed for its unique filters, with advertisements reading, "Only the flavor touches your lips", and "Tobacco tastes best when the filter's recessed".[3] The brand also claimed that the recessed filter prevented tar from making contact with the smoker's mouth, unlike standard filters.[4][5][6]

In Korea, brands like Marlboro , Philip Morris, Dunhill, Parliaments and various other Western cigarettes were sold in 1987 as import opening to prepare for the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

Parliament make up 1.9% of U.S. cigarette sales, in contrast to Marlboro, which represent 41.1% of the U.S. cigarette sales.[7][8] From the 1950s on the cigarette had a reputation for being popular among affluent smokers.[5]

It is the 12th best-selling international brand and the 4th largest PMI brand.[9] In 2016, the volume of produced Parliament cigarettes was 46 billion. The brand is sold in more than 30 countries.[9]


In the television commercials that were once broadcast in Japan, the image of New York was strongly issued. From the early to the mid 1980s, things like CG animation, which had been the package designs of Parliament, ranged from the cityscape of New York to roads and bridges, etc. From around the end of the 1980s, the aerial photographs of New York by live action turned into things to be used. Since entering the 1990s, under the image strategy of being even more expensive, BGM was shedding the number of AOR artists such as Bobby Caldwell with beautiful images. Among them were included a self-cover version by Bobby of "Stay With Me" for KA, GU, YA (the theme song of the movie Bamboo Story) that was offered to Peter Cetera. Kyōzō Nagatsuka was in charge of the narration at that time.

Actor Charlie Sheen appeared in ads for Parliament in Japan in the 1990s.[10][11][12]

In popular culture[edit]


Parliament cigarettes appeared in the 1956 James Bond novel Diamonds Are Forever. Ian Fleming specifically mentions the brand with the line "She (Tiffany Case) picked up her third Martini and looked at it. Then very slowly, in three swallows, she drank it down. She put down the glass and took a Parliament out of the box beside her plate and bent towards the flame of Bond’s lighter.".

Parliaments were also mentioned in the 1962 Bond novel The Spy Who Loved Me. The brand is referenced when Vivienne Michel enjoys a Parliament while settling in for her planned evening alone. "Then I pulled the most comfortable armchair over from the reception side of the room to stand beside the radio, turned the radio up, lit a Parliament from the last five in my box, took a stiff pull at my drink, and curled myself into the armchair."[13]


  • Musician George Clinton named his groups The Parliaments and Parliament respectively after the cigarette brand.
  • Regina Spektor 2006 song "That Time"
  • Hey, remember that time when I would only smoke Parliaments
  • Lana Del Rey 2014 song "West Coast"
  • I can see my baby swinging, his Parliament's on fire and his hands are up
  • Ghostemane 2018 song "My Heart of Glass"
  • Of the Parliament I said that I would quit but I can't
  • Illuminati Hotties 2018 song "(You're Better) Than Ever"
  • All my jeans and hoodies smell like Parliaments
  • Cal Scruby 2020 song "Bad Guy"
  • Joe Pug 2021 song "Crescent Bridge"
  • And she's a true bride, bright side, Parliaments and brown eyes
  • Hippo Campus 2021 song "Bad Dream Baby"
  • I just smoked a whole pack of Parliaments

Acting/Variety Show[edit]

Actress Keiko Awaji was a Parliament smoker.

On JTBC's Knowing Bros Episode 31, guest star Jessi said other guest star Seo In Young is a Parliament Light smoker, which is untrue according to the latter. The brand name's calling was supposed to be censored per Korea Communications Commission's regulation but was left uncensored by the editing crew.[14]


Parliament was or still is sold in the following countries: United States, Bulgaria, Serbia, Brazil, Cyprus, Uruguay, Argentina, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Moldova, Estonia, Armenia, India, Lithuania, Latvia, Kuwait, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mongolia, China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.[15][16][17]

U.S. varieties[edit]

Parliaments are sold in the following varieties:

Parliament cigarettes with recessed filter
  • Blue Pack (Full Flavor) Kings—Box
  • White Pack (Lights) Kings—Soft and Box
  • White Pack (Lights) 100's—Soft and Box
  • Silver Pack (Ultra Lights) Kings—Box


  • Green Pack (Menthol Full Flavor) Kings—Box
  • White Pack (Menthol Lights) Kings—Box
  • White Pack 100's (Menthol Lights)—Box
  • Silver Pack (Menthol Ultra Lights) Kings—Box

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History of Philip Morris".
  2. ^ "The History of Filters".
  3. ^ "Vintage Parliament Ad".
  4. ^ "Advert".
  5. ^ a b "Stanford Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising".
  6. ^ "Parliament Cigarettes". Advertisement Gallery. Archived from the original on 2017-10-28.
  7. ^ "Philip Morris ups Parliament, Virginia Slims price". Reuters. January 3, 2008. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
  8. ^ "Parliament Cigarettes". Euro Cig. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
  9. ^ a b "Building Leading Brands".
  10. ^ "Parliament Ad Gallery". Archived from the original on 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
  11. ^ Chandler Bing (17 January 2015). "Charlie Sheen commercial for Parliament Cigarettes - Japan, 1990s". Archived from the original on 2021-12-22 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ ADvertime (15 March 2017). "Parliament Spot Ad パーラメント 90年代 チャーリーシーン CM Japan". Archived from the original on 2021-12-22 – via YouTube.
  13. ^ "Parliament Cigarettes". 14 August 2014.
  14. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "[NO 필터링] '팬터마임의 달인' 제시(Jessi)에 서인영(Seo In Young) 폭발! "야아아!!" 아는 형님(Knowing bros) 31회". YouTube.
  15. ^ "BrandParliament - Cigarettes Pedia".
  16. ^ "Parliament".
  17. ^ "Brands".