About Us

The first tobacco processing plant in the country was founded in Durham in 1858. As a result, the area experienced a tobacco boom from which the effects are still being felt in the city today. Durham Smoking Tobacco was the brainchild of J.R. Green and James Whitted. Over lunch, James Whitted noticed a bull’s head on the jar of Coleman Durham’s mustard jar, and a bull was suggested as a trademark for the smoking tobacco. Bull Durham was then created. The company expanded to cigarettes in 1884 after Washington Duke noticed how popular they were in Europe and New York.