I met Tigrane and Michka in Paris a couple of months ago….
Tigrane and Michka went out for dinner. They were going to stop at the tobacco museum first. The restaurant was lovely, but the museum was long gone… disappeared to a pile of ruble. Vanished in the vapours, but not to worry… everything worked out for the best… as these things go.
Having now become an industrial product, tobacco has lost all sacredness. Condemned as harmful and addictive, cigarettes have fallen into disrepute, whereas cigars and a whole new range of smoking paraphernalia, are gaining popularity. All in all, smoke has retained its mystery.
The Smoking Museum presents a practice as ancient as mankind ; it also provides a vantage point for the observation of changing behaviors.