Despite what you might think, India wasn't the first place where candy cigarettes were sold. The candy was created in the early 20th century, and originated in the US. It then took off across the world.
The packaging of candy cigarettes in the US looked like this. It was so similar to actual cigarettes, that customers sometimes couldn’t tell the difference. This led a lawsuit between a confectioners and tobacco manufacturers. The confectionaries that survived the lawsuit could no longer call their sweets cigarettes and had to change it to candy sticks.
Anyways, so entire charm of these candy sticks was to put on your mouth and pretend to smoke a fag which is one of the main reasons why the controversy began in the first place.. People started complaining that the candy made smoking look cool, and likely to suggest that smoking can’t be that harmful.
All this controversy led to 13 countries banning the sweet all together! Canada, Brazil, Turkey, New Zealand and certain parts of the USA were amongst the countries that banned this sweet.
But, apart from this, there's another reason why the candy disappeared. These wildly popular candy cigarettes are made with glucose, gelatin and sugar, ingredients which experts said if combined could be deadly. People also reported a range of side effects including uneasiness, breathing difficulties, mild headache, nausea, soft stools and intestinal gas and in extreme cases, diabetes.
Though this candy makes us extremely nostalgic, the side effects are hard to ignore.
Maybe its a good thing that we don’t see these sweets sold in general stores that often anymore, and maybe we should be thankful that these are just nostalgic treats of the past!