Family Pictures: Smoking

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything.  I have been busy with other things, and I’ve been scanning family pictures that I inherited from my mother and grandmother.  Since I ran dry on family stories, I’ve decided to post a picture and describe it or tell a story that may go with it.  Sometimes no words or few words.  After all a pictures worth a thousand words.  Right?  Here is the first of many.

Russell and Barbara 1940

This is my Uncle sitting on the steps with his cousin smoking candy cigarettes.  The house was in Aurora, Illinois.  My uncle became a life-long smoker.  I don’t know if the cigarettes killed him or not.  He died at the age of 80 from a multitude of problems, but Cancer was not one of them.  Of course maybe the smoking caused some of the other problems.  I had candy cigarettes as a kid too, but never became a smoker.  So I am not saying that candy cigarettes cause someone to start smoking.  It is clear to me from this picture, that they were obviously imitating the adults.

Copyright © 2019 Gail Grunst


3 thoughts on “Family Pictures: Smoking

  1. Hi Gail,
    Nice to see you. Pictures make excellent prompts. I’ve started doing something similar. I remember candy cigarettes, too. I doubt they had much to do with anyone becoming a smoker.

    • I like your blogs, you always make them so interesting! I don’t think candy cigarettes make anyone start smoking either. It is just that I don’t think you can buy them anymore
      and maybe that is the reason they aren’t available. I think with my uncle it was times he lived in and the most of the adults in his life smoked.

      • Thanks, Gail. I’m glad you enjoy them. 😊 I guess there really wasn’t a good reason to make candy look like cigarettes, unless the tobacco companies hoped it would have some influence.

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