(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 # 47
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I had candy cigs at least once a week as a kid…. And I’ve never smoked a cigarette. So yeah, I’d have no problem with my kids eating them. They’re yummy.

    Post # 48
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Extension54:  I have eaten both as a kid. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with them. My parents smoke, as well as my brother. I do not. I think it’s a matter of individual preference. To me, it’s like assuming Ring Pops are going to give little girls (or boys) the idea that any future rings should be mammoth in size, or they’re worthless. Again, it’s simply individual preference.

    Post # 49
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

    My instinct is ‘no way would I let my future kids have those’, but the truth is I used to eat them and pretend to smoke with my friends because we knew it was naughty, but although I’ve tried a couple of cigarettes, I can’t stand the smell or taste and get a headache and would NEVER start smoking.

    My parents did a good job of ingraining ‘smoking is bad’ into me. The candy had no effect that I can tell.

    Post # 50
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    We had them when we were kids… except they had Tom and Jerry on the box. I loved them, awesome sweets! And not me nor any of my siblings have ever considered smoking.

    Post # 51
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    Buzzing bee

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    @MrsRugbee:  “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.

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    @Birdee106:  “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.

    +1 to both.

    I hate smoking, it’s disgusting, though I don’t really think these candy cigarettes are promoting cigarettes in the literal sense, as these are candy. Does that make sense?

    I think parents that smoke are doing more damage to children then candy cigarettes.

    Post # 52
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    Honey Beekeeper

    I thought these had been banned. No way in he!l would this be OK with me.  I’d also have problems with anyone who gave one to my child. Ditto a toy gun, although  plenty of kids grew up with those and didn’t become mass murderers, either.   Count me as another poster who is really surprised at the poll results. 

    Post # 53
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I would let my kids have them if they wanted them. The town I grew up in had about 4 options for candy at the grocery store and candy cigarettes happened to be one of them. In addition to being delicious, they had horses on the package, so I always got them. I think smoking is the most disgusting thing in the world, and candy cigarettes had no part in making me think one way or another. Additionally, I grew up in a family who didn’t smoke. I believe it’s what you see your parents and peers do, not the kind of candy you eat.

    Post # 54
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    @Birdee106:  +1. I had the popeye cigarettes when I was a kid and you will never meet someone who hates smoking more than I do. I have never even tried it…I just liked the candy, lol.

    Post # 55
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I also had popeye candy cigs as a kid. I pretended to smoke them, too. I also pretended to smoke with pencils. I probably pretended to smoke with crayons, too.

    What can I say? I thought pretending to smoke was the bomb.

    But I’ve also never even come close to wanting to smoke a real cigarette.

    I would like to think that my kid would have the ability to separate ‘pretending’ from ‘doing’.

    That said, I hid my ‘addiction’ to candy cigs from my parents. Even then, I knew to feel shame from [fake] smoking.

    Post # 56
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Candy cigarettes are the best candy ever. I would probably give them to my kids & call them candy sticks though.

    Post # 57
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I used to chew on these once in a while when I was a kid, and thought nothing of them. Neither did any adults around me or my friends. 

    Turns out, I hate smoking. 

    Harmless. 

    The truth is that the shit kids do now a days is far worse than cigarette shaped candy. Kids back then were actual kids. They pretended to be adults, but didn’t actually act on it. Totally different lifestyle. 

     

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    @canarydiamond:  +1 to all of this. 

     

     

    Post # 58
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I’m in public health and I know what I should say…but no, I don’t think they’re that bad. That said, the cigarette companies were targeting pre-teens/teens with Joe Camel and other cartoon-y mascots, as well as “cool/sexy” imagery (they’ve admitted to this). Most people start in their teens/very early twenties.

    But I also don’t agree with people being “anti-pc” (what does that even mean?) There’s no reason candy needs to be shaped like cigarettes.

    Post # 59
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I loved the chocolate cigarettes i used to have as a kid. These were even more realistic than the candy ones as they had a chocolate core surrounded in rice paper. I would never touch a real cigarette.

     

    Post # 60
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2018

    Utterly harmless!!
    i had them all the time as a kid

    and i dont smoke 🙂 and never have, never will

    Post # 61
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    Honey Beekeeper

    I had them when I was a kid too.  That doesn’t prove anything.  Just  because lots of us never ended up smoking doesn’t mean that there aren’t some kids who were and are  more vulnerable to the suggestion. It’s the same with violence in movies.  Most people will be fine.   But for some, any decreased threshold to violence in combination with other factors, environmental, circumstantial or biological will  be enough of an influence. 

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