asthmador cigarettes

This product is one of the more surprising objects we have in the museum. Although it may seem counter-intuitive today, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, smoking was considered one of the standard treatments for those suffering from asthma. Asthmador was a product of the R. Schiffmann Company, based out of Los Angeles. It was available in multiple formats, including cigarettes, incense, and loose powder in a tin. The product was a mixture of stramonium and belladonna and the inhalation of the smoke was meant to relieve discomfort when experiencing an asthmatic attack.