Craven A

Craven A
Craven A

Craven "A" is a brand of cigarette which were made in Canada, Jamaica, Vietnam, and North Korea.[1] The cigarettes exhibit the English-style flavor of a Virginia-tobacco dominant blend, with that plant's attendant nutty sweetness. The cigarette was named after the third Earl of Craven in 1860.

Craven A's were a favourite cigarette during World War II. In Vietnam, Craven A is one of most popular brands, especially in the southern part of the country.

The 'plain' version of the cigarette was unusual in that, instead of merely lacking a filter, there was at one end a cork tip in place of the paper.

The Craven A brand has in recent times been closely associated with a number of entertainment events in Canada. Amongst these has been the "Just for Laughs" Canadian Comedy Tour in March 1999.


Vintage Craven A sign

The Craven A brand is owned by Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc (RBH), which also owns or otherwise controls a wide variety of cigarette brands.

Craven A was the favourite cigarette brand (which were specifically known for being corked-tipped at the time before cigarettes had filters) of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, and according to his sister Miss Fatima Jinnah, as she mentions in her book "My Brother", he was a heavy smoker who used to smoke fifty Craven A's a day. In his last days when he got seriously ill and was at a sick leave in Quetta, Baluchistan, he was requested by his doctor, Col. Illahi Buksh not to smoke. As he reagained some health, Mr. Jinnah took permission from Mr. Buksh to smoke, being very fond of it. The doctor then allowed him one (1) cigarette a day but not to inhale. However, when he came the next day, he saw five cigarette butt ends in the ashtray and gave an inquiring look at Mr. Jinnah, who said with a smile, "Yes, Doctor, I smoked five . . . . . . But I didn't inhale." And he laughed, happy as a child.

Craven A is part of the RBH "premium brand strategy", principally within the Canadian market; however, the brand has experienced "long-term declines in market share", in part due to the elimination of all sponsorship activities in Canada in October 2003.

Craven "A" is Jamaica's favourite brand of cigarette and a famous Jamaican artist Vybz Kartel mentions it in some of his songs such as "di way we roll".


  1. ^ Ian Cobain and David Leigh. "Tobacco firm has secret North Korea plant". Guardian. UK. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 

Jinnah, Miss Fatima. My Brother (biography of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah). 

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Craven — bezeichnet: Craven (District), einen Verwaltungsbezirk in Yorkshire, England Craven County, einen Landkreis im US Bundesstaat North Carolina Craven (South Dakota), einen Ort in den USA Craven Cottage, das Fußballstadion des FC Fulham Craven ist… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Craven — Cra ven (kr? v n), a. [OE. cravant, cravaunde, OF. cravant? struck down, p. p. of cravanter, crevanter, to break, crush, strike down, fr. an assumed LL. crepantare, fr. L. crepans, p. pr. of crepare to break, crack, rattle. Cf. {Crevice},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Craven — Cra ven, n. [Formerly written also cravant and cravent.] A recreant; a coward; a weak hearted, spiritless fellow. See {Recreant}, n. [1913 Webster] King Henry. Is it fit this soldier keep his oath? Fluellen. He is a craven and a villain else.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Craven [2] — Craven (spr. Krehwn), Grafschaft im Staate Nord Carolina (Nordamerika), 45 QM., an den Pamlico Sund grenzend, u. vom Neuse River durchflossen; Boden eben, theilweis sumpfig u. waldig; Producte: Mais, Bauholz, Terpentin; Dampfschifffahrt auf dem… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • craven — [adj] weak, timid chicken*, cowardly, dastardly, fearful, gutless, lily livered*, meanspirited, poltroonish, pusillanimous, scared, timorous, weak kneed*, wimpish*, wimpy*, wussy*, yellow*, yellow bellied*; concepts 401,550 Ant. bold, brave,… …   New thesaurus

  • Craven — Cra ven, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cravened} ( v nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cravening}.] To make recreant, weak, spiritless, or cowardly. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] There is a prohibition so divine, That cravens my weak hand. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Craven [1] — Craven (spr. Krehwn), Elisabeth Berkeley, Lady, s. Elisabeth …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Craven — Craven, Elisabeth Berkeley, Lady, die jüngste Tochter des vierten Grafen Berkeley, geb. 1750, gest. 13. Jan. 1828, vermählte sich 1767 mit dem Grafen Wilhelm von C. und gebar ihm sechs Kinder, trennte sich aber 1780 von ihrem Gemahl und lebte… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Craven — (Kräwʼn), Elisabeth Berkeley, Lady C., geb. 1750, von ihrem Manne, dem Grafen von C., 1781 geschieden, reiste in Europa, wurde 1791 von dem letzten Markgrafen von Ausbach geheirathet, der sein Land gegen eine Jahresrente 1793 an Preußen abtrat… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • craven — index caitiff, ignoble, recreant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”