Made in U.S.A. // Contains 3 oz // Dr. R. Schiffmann's // Asthmador // to relieve the distress // of Asthmatic // Paroxysms // Price of sixty-five cents // used by inhalation only // Manufactured only by // R. Schiffmann Co. // Los Angeles, Calif.
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-5 Row F
On display, Queen's University Department of Medicine third floor, August 20, 2013.
Length: 8.9 cm. x Width: 5.6 cm. x Depth: 3.7 cm.
Some scratches and surface wear; #2: small patches of corrosion visible at the top of the tin.
Beginning in the 19th century, patients suffering from shortness of breath could purchase anti-asthma cigarettes and powders that usually contained stramonium (stinkweed) or potash, but sometimes also included narcotics. These cigarettes contained no tobacco. Preparations such as Asthmador Cigarettes and other brands were marketed aggressively and sold over the counter in most Western countries to relieve the distress of bronchial asthmatic paroxysms. Although critics complained that these cigarettes increased bronchial inflammation, by the beginning of the 20th century, smoking was often the first line of treatment for asthmatics.
May 24 - Sept. 13, 2001: Agnes Etherington Art Centre Museopathy exhibit