(Closed) Opinion: Candy cigarettes for kids?

posted 7 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: Do you think candy cigarettes are...

    Harmless - it's just candy.

    Harmful - they desensitize kids to something that should be avoided

    Other - elaborate below

  • Post # 32
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My siblings and I had candy cigs as kids all the time and none of us have ever even tried a cigarette.  We also used to love those prank cigs you get at the party store.

    Post # 33
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

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    @housebee:  +1

    I “smoked” candy cigarettes as a kid. My mother, her siblings, and my grandpa smoked. I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life. (I’m also severely allergic, though I didn’t find that out until later.) The candy itself tastes nasty, though.

    Post # 35
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

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    @Extension54:  if memory serves me right Pennsylvania is a Tobacco Growing State… so I’m not that surprised if these candy cigarettes / cigars are still found there (and labelled as such)

    Tobacco Growers have a lot of lobby power / say on what Laws are enacted in their States when it comes to the “perception” of the Industry.

    Which is WHY you’ll find the most lax legislation in the country regarding Smoking for example, in States that grow tobacco.

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    @Utopia4us: I guess I should have been clearer…

    As per Wikipedia on this topic:

    “In Canada, federal law prohibits candy cigarette branding that resembles real cigarette branding, and the Territory of Nunavut has banned all products that resemble cigaretttes”

    Once the legislation came into effect in Canada (they are now called stick candy I believe), fewer places just naturally took to stocking them because of the fact that the topic got a lot of media attention, and people saw the correlation between smoking and these candies being perceived to promote that to children (advertising to children in general in Canada is also more controlled than it is in the USA and elsewhere as well)

    Hope this helps,

     

    Post # 36
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’ll be honest, I played with both the candy cigarettes and chewing tobacco gum as a kid and I neither smoke nor dip but I would not let my son play with either. To me, it’s just like kids pretending to drink beer and that’s not something I allow either. So even though I think they are essentially harmless, my vote is still NO.

    Post # 37
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    Helper bee

    I probably wouldn’t buy them for my kids, but I wouldn’t be upset of someone gave them to them. I loved candy cigarettes when I was a kid, and I’ve never smoked a real one in my life.

    Post # 38
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I think it’s harmless.

    I liked cigarette candies as a kid and I don’t smoke, I am an active hater of smoking to be precise.

    I do think the image you posted on here is controversial to many.

    Post # 39
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Oh geez. My dad used to smoke, and I used to often eat candy cigarettes as a kid. I do not smoke. I think I have tried a cigarette once in my life.

    People will have a problem with anything. I am tired of how everything has to be so PC these days. Everything is walking on eggshells. I weep for the future generations.

    Post # 40
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I wouldn’t give them to my kids. The whole thing is weird to me. Also, there are much better candy options out there anyway if I am buying candy for my children (which likely will not be very often).

    Post # 41
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    i was a smoker for years. i blame those candy cigarettes. just kidding! (ok yes i was a smoker, no i dont blame them)

    they have potential to offend some parents i reckon so i wouldnt

    Post # 42
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I liked them as a kid, and my mom really annoyed me when she tried to forbid them.  That being said, I’d probably not let my kid have them either.  Not necessarily because I think they’d be predestined to become a smoker, but because I think I’d get some dirty looks at the playground from other moms.

    Post # 43
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

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    @PinkMermaid:  +1000!

    I was shocked to see the poll results!! I can’t fathom teaching my child to think smoking is cool. That’s all they do. Just wow. I thought more people would be adamantly opposed.

    Post # 44
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

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    @soontobemrsm11:  same here!! 

     

    I just feel like allowing them to have this kind of candy (which IS nasty tasting by the way-chalk anyone?) is sending a mixed signal. Sure it likely wont contribute to a possible smoking habit down the line but why confuse the child? If the kid is hellbent on having the stick of chalk or “candy cigarettes” perhaps take them out of the package or store them at home without the “cigarette carton” being seen. Children are not stupid but at the same time I think it sends a confusing message to them by allowing them to “pretend” smoke but telling them it’s wrong to do it in real life. By that logic we should allow them to pretend shoot people, drink pretend beer from a real can, and snort sugar pretending it’s cocaine. It’s just kind of pointless when you can offer them so many other kinds of candy. I mean come on, they don’t taste THAT good and most kids don’t even like the actual taste. They want them because all the “cool” kids have them.

    Personally my mom was never a fan of that kind of candy because she didn’t want me to feel like I needed to “pretend” I was doing something cool. 

    I really hope I don’t start seeing cans of “fake beer” marketed towards kids also because that’s just wrong.

    Post # 45
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I LOVED those as a kid. But I have never smoked, neither has my sister.

    When we had them they used to have red tips on the end to mimic the “glow”. They don’t have the red tip anymore and are now called “Fads”, not “Fags” – lame!

    Seriously though, if your kid is dumb enough to smoke because of a candy cigarette, then they are dumb enough to follow the “cool” kid smokers.

    I seriously doubt that a child who has been brought up to know that smoking it bad (like myself) and NOT cool, could be won over by candy alone. 

    ETA:

    We didn’t often get soft drink (soda/pop) from a can (because it’s cheaper to buy a big bottle), but when we did (at school BBQs and such) we ALWAYS pretended that we were drinking beer. Cold outside and your breath makes mist? Quickly! Start pretending to smoke! Your pen broke and left you with the plastic outside? Pretend cigarette! 

    Yet I don’t know that any of the children I used to play with smokes at all. We were taught that it was bad for you so we used the pretend things because we knew those were safe. I didn’t go to a rough-and-tumble school either. It was a well respected school, I never saw or heard of anyone smoking in toilets or the like. Yet these are the games we played.

    Post # 46
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

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    @Everdeen:  +1 Exactly my thought. I don’t think I need to foribid our future kids from getting one of those because I honestly doubt that they would be so dumb to follow cool kid smorkers whatever. As a kid I laughed at those kids “pretending” to be doing adult thing thinking it’s cool.

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