Barclay (cigarette)

Barclay was an American brand of cigarettes manufactured by R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in the U.S. and by British American Tobacco outside of the U.S.

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Product typeCigarette
OwnerBritish American Tobacco
Produced byR.J. Reynolds (US)
BAT (outside US)
CountryUnited States
Introduced1966; 57 years ago (1966)
Discontinued2006; 17 years ago (2006)
Related brandsKent
MarketsSee Markets
Previous ownersBrown & Williamson
Tagline"The pleasure is back"
Carcinogenicity: IARC group 1

First introduced in 1966, the brand was discontinued in 2006.


Brown & Williamson made various magazine and print adverts to promote the Barclay brand since its launch in 1980. The ads showed a man with a classy tuxedo suit with a Barclay cigarette in his mouth with the slogan "The pleasure is back" underneath.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] The slogan "99% tar free" was also present, but eventually had to be removed, as the FTC determined that this is not accurate when a human smokes the cigarette, as opposed to the FTC's test equipment.[8]


Formula 1Edit

Thierry Boutsen during practice for the 1985 European Grand Prix. Notice the prominent Barclay livery on the car.

Barclay sponsored various Formula 1 teams in the 1980s and 1990s.

Barclay sponsored the Arrows F1 team from 1984 to 1986. The brand was displayed on the front wing, sides, rear wing and on the drivers' helmets.[9][10] In countries where tobacco sponsorship was forbidden, the logos were removed from the car.[11][12]

Barclay sponsored the Jordan Grand Prix team in 1992 and 1993. The brand was displayed on the sides and on the drivers' helmets.[13][14][15] In countries where tobacco sponsorship was forbidden, the logos were replaced with the Barclay emblem, as well as a red-white line.[16][17]

Barclay sponsored the Williams F1 team from 1987 up to 1990. The brand was displayed on the sides, the side of the rear wing and on the drivers' helmets.[18][19] In countries where tobacco sponsorship was forbidden, the logos were replaced with the Barclay emblem, as well as a red-white line.[20][21]

Formula 3000Edit

Barclay sponsored the "Team Barclay EJR" team in the 1991 Formula 3000 Series championship.[22][23][24]


Barclay cigarettes were sold in the following countries: United States, Martinique, Chile, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


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  8. ^ Mayer, Caroline E. (26 June 1982). "Not-So-Low-Tar Cigarette Fooled Tester, FTC Says" – via
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  22. ^ "Barclay Team EJR". 12 June 2017.
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