type smoked by the protagonist of the Steely Dan
song "King of the World
," which is about life after a nuclear war
. Loosely based on the film "Life in the Year Zero
," the song concerns a lone survivor of a nuclear holocaust
spending his time driving through the ruins
of his home town and searching the airwaves
with his HAM radio for any signs of survivors.
The cigarettes themselves are very deadly (forms of cobalt are highly radioactive) and the smoking of them by the main character is meant as a commentary on his current state and lack of hope. Heard in the far backround of this song is Walter Becker mumbling scary little phrases such as, "I think my face is on fire."