Pall Mall Blue

That’s what she smokes.

Sultry 25-year-old beauty Lana Del Rey, who’s topping the album charts in about 500 countries, smokes Pall Mall Blue.

Sitting in her producer’s Chelsea studio in jeans and an oversize sweater, smoking Pall Mall Blues that share space — in a beat-up snakeskin bag — with an old Tennessee Williams paperback, Lana Del Rey…

And she smokes them sitting outside on the steps of a brownstone house on 25th Street (right here). Why else should she want to sit outside with a coffee in Bloomberg’s New York in January?

We head to a 10th Avenue Italian restaurant that her publicist has chosen. It feels tacky. “Do you want to just get a coffee across the street, and sit on a stoop? It’s not too cold?” she asks. I agree, though it is in fact too cold.

Oh, and this is what she looks like when she’s smoking them. The Pall Mall Blues, that is.

And doesn’t that make it just so incredibly cool for girls to sit outside in the middle of winter, looking real cute, and smoking cigarettes. Well, smoking Pall Mall Blue, to be precise.

Tobacco Control must be livid.

They’re trying to get the kids to see that smoking kills them, and makes them old and wrinkly, with teeth falling out, and lungs like coal sacks. And then along comes the latest drop dead gorgeous superstar singer, and she’s brazenly smoking everywhere. Pall Mall Blue. And undoing all their good work. Totally Boo Hoo.

Here’s the pack to look out for, girls.

And in your beat-up snakeskin handbag (and do try to get one made from genuine beat-up snakes), you gotta have a well-thumbed copy of Tennessee Williams’ Streetcar Named Desire. And, of course, a packet of Pall Mall Blue.

And in no time at all you’ll be dating someone like Glaswegian Barrie James O’Neill from Kassidy. Yes, that’s right. But maybe not quite so hairy.

And then you’ll be sitting out on a pier on Clydebank, or Montevideo or wherever, looking real cute, reading Tennessee Williams, and smoking, as ever, Pall Mall Blue.

(I think I’m gonna add another Information Box in the margin. It’ll probably say something like, oh, let’s see… Pall Mall Blue.)

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26 Responses to Pall Mall Blue

  1. Xopher says:

    Oooh – that pack looks so GLITZY – it’ll attract children and they’ll start to smoke

  2. Tom says:

    If smoking didn’t have sex appeal, the antis wouldn’t need to spend a nickel trying to come up with airbrushed images to try and make it appear un-sexy, or grotesque… Yet they do, and images and news such as this unravel and invalidate all their efforts in moments…

    Not long ago, I had a non smoking woman tell me she found it sexy to smell smoke in a man’s mustache when she kissed… While I was smoking (and I have a mustache!)… We were both married at the time, alas…

  3. Sad to see that Lana had such a disastrous appearance on US Saturday Night Live. They’ve now pulled the plug on the complete US Tour. Management have got a lot to answer for here.

    • Frank Davis says:

      I’ve heard conflicting rumours about this. Some reports say that the tour has been cancelled. Others say that it wasn’t even booked yet.

      But she does seem to be a bit of an uncertain public performer. The SNL gig wasn’t very good (although not as bad as some people have said). But her live appearance in the link I provide (“topping the album charts”) is pretty good.

      The problem may be that because her voice tends to be the main instrument, with all other instruments relatively muted, she’s carrying a bit too much of the musical load. It’s probably easier to sing when three quarters of the noise or more is being made by the backing band. But that’s just a guess.

  4. jaxthefirst says:

    Oh, but come on, Frank – be fair. So some teenagers might want to look like the lovely Lana – but what young girl in her right mind wouldn’t want even more to look like that image of the luscious lovely Ms Arnott that you’ve so thoughtfully also placed on your page, and which is grinning toothily at me from beside this comments box as I type …. ?? Mmmm! Gorgeous!

  5. JJ says:

    Why isn’t this pack infested with fake images?

    • Frank Davis says:

      Perhaps because, historically, these packs didn’t use to have such images and warnings on them. And these are historical images that I’m using.

      The antismokers will have to rewrite history if they are to get rid of them. I doubt if they will have any compunction whatsoever in doing so.

  6. Merkel taking Europe in wrong direction: Soros

    American billionaire George Soros slammed German Chancellor Angela Merkel in an interview published on Sunday, warning that her policies could lead to a repeat of the Great Depression.
    “I admire Chancellor Merkel for her leadership. But unfortunately she is taking Europe in the wrong direction,” the financier and philanthropist told the weekly Der Spiegel.

    Soros warned against addressing the crisis with spending cuts, urging the injection of funds instead.

    “Otherwise we will repeat the mistakes that plunged America into the Great Depression in 1929. That’s what Angela Merkel doesn’t understand,” he said.

    US President Franklin Roosevelt addressed the crisis in 1933 with his New Deal, inspired by British economist John Keynes, which combined a reform of the banking system with major infrastructure projects.

    Soros also told Der Spiegel, in remarks published in German on the magazine’s website, that he thought Europe could handle the crisis without the help of the International Monetary Fund.

    He said it was a mistake to offer a bailout to Greece tied to high interest rates. “That’s why the country can’t be saved today, and the same thing will happen to Italy if we put this country in the straitjacket of paying harsh interest rates,” Soros said.

    A Greek default would cause an escalation of the crisis and could lead to a run on Italian and Spanish banks, and “Europe would explode,” he said.

  7. Greek lawmakers approve austerity bill as Athens burns
    Reuters) – The Greek parliament approved a deeply unpopular austerity bill to secure a second EU/IMF bailout and avoid national bankruptcy, as buildings burned across central Athens and violence spread around the country.

    Cinemas, cafes, shops and banks were set ablaze in central Athens as black-masked protesters fought riot police outside parliament.

    State television reported the violence spread to the tourist islands of Corfu and Crete, the northern city of Thessaloniki and towns in central Greece. Shops were looted in the capital where police said 34 buildings were ablaze.

    Prime Minister Lucas Papademos denounced the worst breakdown of order since 2008 when violence gripped Greece for weeks after police shot a 15-year-old schoolboy.

    “Vandalism, violence and destruction have no place in a democratic country and won’t be tolerated,” he told parliament as it prepared to vote on the new 130 billion euro bailout to save Greece from a chaotic bankruptcy.

    Papademos told lawmakers shortly before they voted that they would be gravely mistaken if they rejected the package that demands deep pay, pension and job cuts, as this would threaten Greece’s place in the European mainstream.

    “It would be a huge historical injustice if the country from which European culture sprang … reached bankruptcy and was led, due to one more mistake, to national isolation and national despair,” he said.

    The chaos outside parliament showed how tough it will be to implement the measures. A Reuters photographer saw buildings in Athens engulfed in flames and huge plumes of smoke rose in the night sky.

    “We are facing destruction. Our country, our home, has become ripe for burning, the centre of Athens is in flames. We cannot allow populism to burn our country down,” conservative lawmaker Costis Hatzidakis told parliament.

    The air in Syntagma Square outside parliament was thick with tear gas as riot police fought running battles with youths who smashed marble balustrades and hurled stones and petrol bombs.

    Terrified Greeks and tourists fled the rock-strewn streets and the clouds of stinging gas, cramming into hotel lobbies for shelter as lines of riot police

  8. Rob F says:

    Another girl looking absolutely beatuful while smoking cigarettes:

  9. Rob F says:

    Sorry, I meant ‘beautiful’! I hate mornings. I need some caffeine; I’d better get a cuppa before they ban the stuff..

  10. smokervoter says:

    I just had a brainstorm regarding cigarette cases. My first instinct was to put Arnott or Glantz on the front with a bulls-eye on the forehead and then I thought – wait. Instead use a flattering (if such a thing exists) visage on there. Generations of youngsters would then have a positive association between smoking and their images. How delicious it would be for these two to see their faces staring out enticingly from millions of cigarette cases, knowing that the children of smokers now connect them affirmatively. They’d achieve instant pop-star status with teen-agers. For the first time in their lives people might actually like them.

    And the potential brand names. How about Stanton Filters. Glantz Lights. Arnott 100’s. Deborah Slims.

    Oh, I love it.

    • Rose says:

      I’m afraid that my silver cigarette case is defaced by an old sticker I was given, saying “Smoking Makes You Look Hard,” long before the ban.
      There is absolutely no chance of me replacing it with a picture of Deborah Arnott though, but if it was a picture of her hung in chains and plastered head to foot in nicotine patches, I might consider finding a place for it somewhere.

      Oh dear, but then I’d only feel sorry for her, being a nice person is such a disadvantage.

  11. nisakiman says:

    Frank, I do believe you’re smitten! :¬))

    • Frank Davis says:

      Could be. Could be. Three posts in four months about La Lovely Lana may well be over the top.

      The other possibility is that, ever since I clicked on the “Lana Del Rey” Google news option last week, all the news I read via Google News is heavily slanted in her direction. And until I find out how to switch it off, I’m likely to remain helplessly fixated on her.

      Beautiful girl though, you must admit…

  12. Martin says:

    Pall Mall are naughty. You only get 19 in a pack! Plus the European versons are much better than the UK. Still a darn sight cheaper then comparable brands though.

    • Junican says:


      I find that they burn down more slowly since the EU forced the introduction of the fire safe cigs. The tend to go out if left on an ashray. No problem – just lght them again.

      I bought some Superkings on a liner last August. I’m sure that they were filled with ‘expanded’ tobacco because they burned down like the clappers.

  13. smokervoter says:

    Pall Malls. Back in the golden age of smoking they were one of the strictly unfiltered brands like Lucky Strike and Camels. What set them apart was that Camels and Lucky’s were short and Pal Malls were just a tad bit longer. The nickname for them, at least in California, was ‘fish sticks’. I’m not sure why but I think it was in reference to their dryness i.e. frozen, battered fish versus fresh.

    Here’s the weird part. For reasons I’ve never been able to track down, Pall Mall smokers had this strange little practice of opening the pack from the bottom by tearing out a little hole, just enough to allow about four cigarettes to exit. They kept the pack right side up in their shirt pockets though.

    You know how you tap a cigarette to tighten up the baccy? Pall Mall smokers always tapped their smokes. I’m thinking now it was to prevent loose tobacco from leaking into their pockets/purses from the hole they’d torn at the bottom.

  14. garyk30 says:

    I do believe that Frank is a dirty old man.

    Fun, isn’t it!!!!

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