Sweet cigarettes - 'What an outrage!'

The popularity of children's sweet cigarettes reached their peak during the 1960s and 70s.

With their red tips, they imitated the adult world along with the 'cigarette' cards that had previously become so collectable before the war.

Advertising campaigns for almost everything was quite different than what we are familiar with in the 21st century. How many of these can you recall? Let us know in the comments section below.


By the Sixties, children's television encouraged the sale of these sweetie treats - Magic Roundabout, the Flintstones, Supercar, Stingray and so on.

By the end of the Seventies, the climate of opinion was against cigarette smoking, and thus the description of sweet cigarettes was changed to 'candy sticks', and the pink tip was removed.


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I remember buying these. Loved collecting the cards. A shame they promoted smoking to kids like me though. Different and less health conscious times I guess. Took me years to finally stop. Glad I did as I’m healthier now that ever.

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