In July of 1982, Lorillard introduced a new cigarette exclusively targeting women in test markets in Denver, Colorado, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The cigarette, dubbed Satin after its glamorous and luxurious satin tips, was then launched nationally on Valentine’s Day of 1983.
The initial slogan for Satin cigarettes, “Spoil Yourself,” encouraged women to treat themselves and indulge in a reward or a luxury, like a cigarette, or a favorite activity, like smoking. It positions smoking as glamorous, luxurious, and feminine.
Advertising for Satin appeared in a number of local newspapers as well as the following popular magazines: Time, Life, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Redbook, Vogue, Stagebill, Playbill, Essence, Ebony, Jet, Playgirl, and New Woman (1).
1. Mau, TH. Satin Cigarette Promotion. Lorillard. 18 July 1983. http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/xgc10e00/pdf