Nickle for a cig…..

  thCA2RN2MD                                                                                                                             I loved candy cigarettes when I was a kid! I never did take up smoking. I loved the little wax pop bottles filled with syrup too. (I wonder how many of those things would equal 32oz.? ) I don’t drink soft drinks. Remember wax lips? All that edible wax candy and yet I never developed a wax addiction. Spent many hours of my childhood  dabbling with Elmer’s and finger paints. (Anyone remember sugar cube igloos? Popsicle stick houses? Anyone?) No cravings ever arose to “huff” or “sniff” stuff. There was a very brief period around 5 years of age when I wasn’t allowed to have Play-doh. I wouldn’t have called it an addiction as much as that shit just tasted good. I know, I know. Come on, I was 5. Anyway, it wasn’t a habit that followed me into adulthood. (Wink!)
So I guess the next step is to stop providing kids with straws and spoons in the restaurants. Won’t want them to develop a craving for the recreational stuff.

________________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                                                                        Old fashioned candy store threatened with fine for selling SUGAR  cigarettes

PUBLISHED:02:09 EST, 27  December 2012| UPDATED:06:27 EST, 27 December 2012

Owners of an old-school soda shop in St.  Paul, Minnesota, have been warned to kick the habit and stop stocking novelty  candy cigarettes.

City inspectors threatened a misdemeanor  citation and $500 fine if Lynden’s soda fountain is caught selling the fake  smokes again.

The Star  Tribune reported on Wednesday that  the offering violated an ordinance barring the sale of candy smokes and cartoon  character lighters, which has been in place for nearly three years.

Holy smoke: Co-owner of Lynden's Soda Fountain, Tobi Lynden, was busted for selling candy cigarettes earlier this monthHoly smoke: Co-owner of Lynden’s Soda Fountain, Tobi  Lynden, was busted for selling candy cigarettes earlier this month

A city spokesman said the warning came after  inspectors received and looked into a complaint about the presence of the  tobacco-themed products.

The ban was enacted to discourage youngsters  from picking up a real smoking habit.

Candy cigarettes, bubble gum cigars and  bubble gum made to look like chewing tobacco have been among a host of vintage  sugary treats that Lynden’s has kept in stock since it opened in  April.

Shop owner Tobi Lynden says the white candy  sticks with the red tips were her best-selling candy item but she pulled them to  avoid running afoul of the ordinance.

‘We got busted by the City of St. Paul.  Oops,’ the shop tweeted on December 19.

7Complaint: A city spokesman said the warning came after  inspectors received and looked into a complaint about the presence of the  tobacco-themed products

Lynden told the Tribune that nearly all of  the candy cigarette purchases were made by adults.

‘”Oh, I had these when I was little,”‘ she  said she would often hear.

‘We weren’t trying to promote smoking or  tobacco use of any kind,’ Lynden added.

A spokesman for the city’s Safety and Inspections Department  said the complaint came to his agency on December 13. Inspectors visited the candy store about a week later and had the  fake cigarettes immediately removed from the sales floor.

The novelty cigarettes and cartoon character  lighters were outlawed in April 2009 by the city’s council, which cited a study  showing that the products encouraged youngsters to take up smoking  tobacco.

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