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Candy Cigarettes

Posted by Dan Draney on March 19, 2005

Originally uploaded by Abe of Lincoln.

We remember American candy cigarettes from our youth, but no doubt they are long gone now. Smoking is hyper-non-PC these days, and encouraging children to smoke has been considered a no-no for a long time.

Those old American candy cigarettes couldn’t hold a candle to these French ones of today. Note the realistic packaging. What great, fake brand names: “Old Toad” and “Kamikaze.” And packaging them with a toy lighter (sadly, non-functional) is sheer genius. It almost makes you want to be a kid again so you could pretend to smoke them.


3 Responses to “Candy Cigarettes”

  1. MonicaR said

    Is this for real, Abe? It seems like a very un-Euro-weenie-ish thing. I remember candy cigarettes – I loved ’em when I was a kid. One of the neighbor girls found candy cigarettes at a gas station down the street from us last summer. I couldn’t believe it and felt REALLY uncomfortable with my kids playing with them. The girls just loved them of course. *cringe*

  2. Abe said

    All true. There are proprotionately many more smokers in France vs. the US. The typical French cigarettes are much stronger in general than American brands. Winston and Marlboro are not particularly strong by European standards.The French have strict anti-smoking laws on paper, but enforcement is practically nil. It’s not uncommon to find someone at the airport smoking next to an ashtray right under a “No Smoking” sign.I’m surprised by your siting of candy cigarettes here. I haven’t seen any in over 20 years. Not that I’ve been looking…

  3. MonicaR said

    I was shocked when this girl brought them home. The gas station is owned by a Sudanese (very nice fellow by the way). When the older kids on the block heard about it they went en-masse and bought every single last one. My husband showed them all how to make a little puff of ‘smoke’ come out of the end of them.I was horrified.

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