The Best Guests Come Bearing Gifts: Yves Saint Laurent Cigarettes

by Mara Siegler · May 20, 2011

If you're going to kill yourself by smoking, you might as well do it the most fashionable way possible. YSL, who is currently selling a $1,720 "socially responsible" handbag, is promoting their line of socially irresponsible cigarettes. They don't smell good, you certainly can't wear them, but at $44 a carton this is one item from the fashion house you can afford.

And they might make you better looking like everything designer makes you better looking. As young Americans we learned that profound, time-tested lesson: logo=beauty, logo=value. According to an onlinesite, the YSL branded sticks will:

"Create a sense of appeal to female vanity and thereby making the woman who chose to smoke Yves Saint Laurent cigarettes more attractive than one who smokes another brand or more attractive than a woman who did not smoke at all."

Nothing is more attractive then coughing, waking up to hack up weird black stuff, or cancer, right? Right. Tila Tequila smokes these. It is because she is classy. [via]

Even better than making you pretty, these bad boys are cheap! One carton is $44, 3 is $130, and 10 is $375. For cartons, not packs. Cartons!

Full disclosure, I'm a smoker (gasp, cough, hack!) and it's expensive. Cigarettes in New York, costing some $11.25 a pack, are already a luxury item. The dollars dropped on Marlboros and Camels and even Parliments adds up quick for a pack-a-day kind of gal. The cost a week to smoke is nearly $80, or $320 a month, and $3,840 a year.  That's enough money to buy a YSL bag!

The only problem, aside from health risks,  is that it could be hard to find the designer cigs. But you're resourceful. You know how to use the Internet and there are plenty of sites that sells these. You've found rare items on eBay after sleepless nights of trolling and you've rode the Chinatown bus to Boston just to buy a cheaper carton.  Like any good addict you will find a way to get your hands on these even if they are only being sold in Russia and Asia.

Smoke these yourself, give them to an enemy, or bring them to a Mad Men themed party.*


"Surgeon General's Warning: Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and may complicate pregnancy."

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