"she reached for a packet of Woodbines"
Multi-packs of Woodbine cigarettes (mid 20th Century)
Creative Commons AttributionMulti-packs of Woodbine cigarettes (mid 20th Century) - Credit: Chris Sampson, Flickr
Woodbine is the brand name of a strong, unfiltered cigarette made by  W.D. and H.O. Wills (now Imperial tobacco) since 1888.

It has always been seen as a no-nonsense, no-frills, working-class kind of cigarette.