Post # 1
Bees, I’m interested to hear what you think! A group of friends and I were having a dicussion today and there were very conflicting opinions all around.
What are your opinions on candy cigarettes? Would you let your kids have them?
Do you think they’re just harmless candies? Or do you think they desensitize kids to smoking, increasing the chances of them taking up the habit?
Many countries and individual cities have banned the selling them or made it illegal to brand them as “cigarettes”, calling them “candy sticks” instead. What do you think this banning?
Do you feel the same way about the shreds of bubble gum marketed to look like chewing tabacco (“Big League Chew”) or bubble gum ciagars?
Post # 3
I think they’re pretty harmless. I used to have these all the time as a kid & pretend to “smoke” with my sisters, especially in the wintertime. None of us have ever touched cigarettes in our lives. I think parental habits (my parents were fervent non-smokers) have way more influence than candy & toys.
Post # 4
We had candy cigarettes as kids and I really didn’t even think about it. I always hated real ones and never smoked them.
I probably wouldn’t let me kids use them though because they don’t need to be acting like they are smoking. I don’t know. It’s not something I feel super strongly about.
Post # 5
Candy cigarettes = Fuck no.
Big League Chew = Yes.
I never even thought of Big League Chew to be marketed to look like tobacco chew. Candy cigarettes are just leading kids to think it’s cool to smoke.
Post # 6
I think they are weird. We wouldn’t let kids drink juiceboxes meant to look like wine bottles or booze. Not sure why this is different. I wouldn’t let my kids have them.
Post # 7
I’m pretty sure I had thoes candies as a kid. They were fun. I don’t smoke. I think we try to keep kids in too much of a bubble.
Post # 8
Do they even make those candy cigarettes anymore? I haven’t seen them in ages!
Personally, I wouldn’t let future kids have them. Pretending to smoke isn’t a habit that should be encouraged, even if it is just with candy.
I have actually never really associated Big League Chew with chewing tobacco, probably because so many baseball players now-a-days actually chew bubble gum instead (heck – you can watch them blowing bubbles during games). So to me, it is just bubble gum. No big deal.
Post # 9
Gosh, places still have these things ??
We haven’t had Candy Cigarettes in Canada for decades, because they “glorify” smoking.
Marketing is a BIG Deal… and proven that the younger & more naive you are the more it works (you idolize the concepts presented)
So ya, I’m not a fan of either of these items.
Post # 10
I ‘smoked’ candy cigarettes as a little kid and never even thought about taking up smoking. I probably wouldn’t buy them for my kids per say, but if they picked them up at the convience store, I wouldn’t flip out either.
Post # 11
i think its an excuse to avoid talking to kids. My parents smoked but if they caught me with a real smoke I would have been slapped and grounded. I had candy cigs and I used to be an avid say no to drugs kid.
Then again I used to pretend my smarites were pain killers and prescribe them to my dolls as medicine. Or put them in a baggie and arrest my cousin for drug possesion. lol. And smarties aren’t advertised as such.
I will say I smoke now. But that was choice I made as an adult.
If you talk to your children and explain to them in advance…it souldnt make a difference. Communication is key. I think all the extra sheltering parents do now a day, is the very thing that get kids into trouble.
Post # 12
@This Time Round: They’re definitly not as prevalently sold as they were years ago and, like I said, some places have actually apparently banned it or made it so you can’t market it as a “candy cigarette.” I know my brothers, for trick-or-treat, have come home with them, but they’re “candy sticks” instead, like these:
But I’m in Pennsylvania and we saw them for sale at a candy store in Gettysburg (they carried a lot of older brand candies).
Post # 13
Eh, I had them all the time as a kid and never once have I smoked anything, not even tried. I get the idea that when kids play with toy cigarettes, guns, etc they get desensitized. But I think it’s more overall parenting and how they view these objects that just playing with them. I’d let my kids have those toys but if I ever found them with the real deal, hell would break loose and they would know way before it ever happened that there are consequences.
Post # 14
Eh. I don’t think there’s really a connection. I thought they were cool when I was a kid, but I was well-educated on smoking and saw family members who had smoking related problems – gross teeth, yellow fingers, smelling awful, getting wrinkles early, and my grandfather died of… I actually forget but it was a lung problem that was smoking related. Candy cigarettes were neat and all but real ones were always disgusting to me. I think kids understand the difference.
I don’t smoke now. (Did try it in college but neer liked it or made habit of it.) It’s way more important to educate them about smoking than to make a big deal out of candy.
Post # 15
My mom never let me have them, and as a kid I felt annoyed. As an adult, I understand where she was coming from now. Anything that normalizes or makes smoking-related thoughts seem fun or pleasurable is a bad idea.
Once I snuck out and bought a licorice pipe. I love black licorice and wanted to try it. It was kinda crusty and stale, not worth its high price (as compared to licorice in non-pipe shapes), I concluded.
Post # 16
Lets just make candy joints, candy crack pipes, AND candy cocain while we’re at it. Why make something look “cool”, even if it’s just candy, that is harmful in real life? Smoking kills and could potentially cause cancer. I’m not going to support something that makes something harmful appear “harmless”. For what? There is other candy out there that a kid can enjoy just as much without enforcing the “cool kids smoke” idea further into their head. Teenagers already usually think smoking is cool. Lets not give toddlers that impression too.