While deep in some internet procrastination, we came across these wicked old-school candy cigarette packages from back in the day. Made from a chalky sugar, the sweet treats are wrapped in thin paper and then placed into a branded cardboard box to resemble a real packet of cigarettes. Obviously this is controversial, kids and cigarettes shouldn’t really be a thing – but you can’t get away from the fact that the design and branding is dope!
The Hershey Company started the trend, but with chocolate sticks instead of the dusty candy, and by the 20s all the top manufacturers were on it. From a design point of view, these tickle every whistle – and its proven to be a big benefactor for tobacco companies.
In a 2007 study that surveyed 25,000 people, researchers at the University of Rochester found that respondents who consumed candy cigarettes as kids were roughly twice as likely as those who hadn’t to report that they later became smokers – (Mother Jones).
Have a scroll through the small selection of different examples above and please note we do not endorse any kids getting into smoking – we just like the design and packaging!