I’m not going to say I’ve seen it all but the owners of an old-school soda shop in St. Paul, Minn., are being warned to kick the habit and stop stocking novelty candy cigarettes. City inspectors threatened the shop with a misdemeanor citation and a $500 fine if Lynden’s Soda Fountain is caught selling the fake smokes again. I wonder how they caught them, probably sent in an 8 year old undercover agent. As I understand it the offering violates an ordinance barring the sale of candy smokes and cartoon character lighters. Really? A city spokesman says the warning came after inspectors received and looked into a complaint about the presence of the tobacco-themed products. The ordinance was enacted to discourage youngsters from picking up a real smoking habit. The shop owner says the white candy sticks with the red tips were the best-selling item but they pulled them to avoid running afoul of the ordinance. I cannot believe that someone has enough time on their hands to search out tobacco related products in stores that violate the ordinance and turn them in to the health department. Is selling an ashtray a violation? It’s tobacco themed! What about matches?
Hell when I was eight years old I was a two pack a day candy cigarette smoker / eater?!? The boxes even kind of resembled a pack of Pall Mall’s. About eight years later I was hitting the real ones, yeah I can see that?!? You really just put it your mouth for a minute and then chomped it down, lit end and all. I really liked the bubble gum cigarettes with the paper around them and if you blew through it the powered sugar flew out the other end and it looked like real smoke. Never considered my friends health and the dangers of second hand powered sugar smoke. As an occasional weekend cigar smoker I guess I have the bubble gum cigars to blame. Probably was the purple grape flavored ones. This ordinance was enacted to discourage youngsters from picking up the real smoking habit, let me ask you, using this same logic wouldn’t real cigarettes lead to candy ones?