For the wealthy smoker an elegantly engraved sterling silver model will be de rigeur.
The more modest will make do with cases of traditional design made from stainless steel.
There will also be the cigarette packet sized embossed leather model. The cigarette packet of government mandated design will be discarded and this will provide storage for its contents. These will soon appear on stalls at a craft market near you.
I predict that cigarette cases will provide conversation pieces where ever smokers huddle together sheltering from the weather to indulge in their governmentally decreed socially unacceptable habit.
And who knows, along with the zippo, the cigarette case may soon become a cultural icon amongst the smoking population.
Here is a story from England that highlights a law change there that bans smoking in enclosed spaces. Fair enough maybe except that Prisons are exempt under this act while mental hospitals are not which seems a little unfair to say the least.
Somewhere I have seen research that suggests that about 25% of all cigarettes consumed are smoked by those who are mentally unwell to some degree or another. Perhaps ardent anti-smokers will say you have to be mentally unwell to smoke in the first place. Perhaps.
Cigarettes really hit their stride during world war 2, a time a great stress and discomfort for many. They almost certainly served a useful purpose at that time.
If we really want to eliminate the tobacco habit from our society, and I think we should, then we need to look into why those who smoke continue to do so.
Addictions of many kinds are a problem to our society, tobacco far less so than many of the others and understanding addictions is the key - not new laws, rules and regulations.
But of course it is far harder to get a true understanding of addictions than it is to promulgate a new regulation - and for those on a power trip less satisfying.