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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Candy Cigarettes

Candy cigarettes were a kids version of the things Mom and Dad had hanging out of their mouths from the '30s to the '80s......

And their boxes looked exactly like their grown up counterparts
 Cigarette companies back then (like modern corporations) liked synergy. Synergy is basically a simple modern word to describe using as many elements as possible to work towards one mutual goal - $$$ (i.e. "You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours"). And in both cases, it worked. Cigarette brands had the extra promotion and the future smoker potential and the candy companies had a ready made pre-pubescent consumer who wanted to look like Mom and Dad.        

And all was well....Until the first warning studies against tobacco use began appearing in the '50s and '60s.

But at this time, the health dangers of cigarette smoking were still largely ignored. After all, up to this time, DOCTORS recommended it for decades. How could they go wrong?


But the writing was on the wall. And on the sides of cigarette packs beginning in 1966.  And cigarette ads were banned from TV and radio in 1970. Courtesy ash trays, once ubiquitous everywhere from grocery stores to beauty salons began disappearing. 

By the '80s the scale between smokers and non-smokers began to tip. And candy manufacturers began discontinuing or rebranding candy cigarettes.

However, some candy cigarettes are still being manufactured as novelty/gag items. And others are rebranded as simply "candy sticks".


  1. I used to love candy cigarettes when I was a kid. i think I got in at the tail end of their availability...lates 60s early 70s.

  2. I used to love candy cigarettes as a kid. It does seem a strange concept now.....

  3. I remember seeing them as late at the 1990s - at a dollar store! My friend in Missouri says he still sees them. But that might make sense because the South is tobacco country and it's not as uber politically correct as Washington State. The biggest irony is marijuana is legal here. And the Seattle cops will be passing out Doritos to stoners at Hempfest this weekend. But don't you DARE light a Marlboro......



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