This exhibition is drawn entirely from the Center’s Children and Tobacco Collection, which consists of candy cigarette, cigar, and chewing tobacco products sold in sweets shops the world over throughout the 20th century; toy cigarette lighters and candy cigarette vending machines; vintage postcards depicting children smoking; magazine advertisements for cigarettes with images of children; anti-smoking propaganda from the late-19th century and early-20th century; and newspaper, magazine, and medical journal articles about the promotion and use of candy cigarettes in the US in the 1980s and 1990s. Many of the candy cigarette packs in the collection have brand names and packaging identical to real ones, including Camel, Chesterfield, Kool, Lucky Strike, Marlboro, Pall Mall, Philip Morris, Player’s, and Winston.

Introduction – Kids Candy & Cigarettes

Kevin Bailey, MA
December 11, 2019