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Self-Igniter  
  A self-lighting cigarette.  

Blantham stepped into the room, flung back his cape.

“Thank you,” he said. He seated himself on the edge of a chair, extended a case. "Cigarette ?”

“Thank you.” Magnus Ridolph gravely helped himself. He inhaled, frowned, took the cigarette from his lips, examined it.

“Excuse me,” said Blantham, producing a lighter. “I sometimes forget. I never smoke self-igniters ; I can detect the flavor of the chemical instantly, and it annoys me.”

“Unfortunate,” said Magnus Ridolph, after his cigarette was aglow. “My senses are not so precisely adjusted, and I find them extremely convenient. Now, what, can I do for you?”

Technovelgy from The Howling Bounders, by Jack Vance.
Published by Startling Stories in 1949
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Compare to the self-lighting cigarette from Methuselah's Children (1941) by Robert Heinlein.

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