How the Cigarette Machine Had a Massive Economic Impact on the 20th Century

Engineer Guy Bill Hammack makes the case that the first cigarette-rolling machine, created in 1880 by inventor James Albert Bonsack, may be the invention with the single greatest economic impact on the 20th century. The invention, which replaced hand-rolling with a mechanical process, was a driving force in the 20th century smoking boom, producing up to 120,000 cigarettes a day.

The economic impact of his work might put him up there with Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and the flying Wright Brothers.

Follow Laughing Squid on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to updates via Email and RSS.