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Smokin' candy cigarettes

Some called it a gateway drug.

Others called it a candy stick with a little bit of red dye on the end.

Ah yes, I'm talking about candy cigarettes, which used to available down at the corner store for kids of all ages to enjoy, so they could act like all the really sophisticated grown-ups. I remember buying packs of them at Ray & Gen's Grocery Store, which was just down the street from where I grew up in Stevens Point. I'd share them with my friends, and we'd be sure to warn each other if the wrong, fiery end of the cigarette was accidentally put into our mouths.

There were lots of brands, and they also came it small "fun-size" for trick or treaters (about 3 "smokes" to a pack).

A lot of people probably look back that in shock and dismay, but if candy cigarettes did not exist, I probably would have found a way to improvise, with a licorice stick or something.

And besides, if the tobacco companies didn't get me with those, there was a chance that the great neighborhood game we used to play would. Did any body else play "CIgarette Tag/?" I don't remember quite how it worked, but I'm pretty sure we didn't chase each other around with lit cigarettes.

(I did smoke when I was a teenager--for around a month, until a little incident with lighting a cigarette on a gas stove singed my bangs and made me quit, cold turkey).


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