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September 5, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(10):610. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490290022006

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A dealer in London was recently arrested for selling so-called amber and gold cigarette holders which were retailed at the price of 6 shillings and produced at the cost of a shilling or less from celluloid and gilt metal. Celluloid is a useful substance, but it has its drawbacks. Its employment as a cigar holder seems to possess about as many drawbacks as any other use that might be suggested; it is not long since we read of an unfortunate Parisian whose celluloid nose blew up. We are afraid that some of these cigar holders will be found a source of danger to their possessors. The old-fashioned trick of loading pipes and cigars with gunpowder is humane in comparison with the possibilities of a practically guncotton cigar holder held in the mouth and ignited from a partially burned cigar or cigarette. We wonder how many "amber" celluloid cigar holders are

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