Candy cigarette

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Candy cigarette
Candy cigarette display in shop.jpg
Type Confectionery
Main ingredients Sugar
Cookbook: Candy cigarette  Media: Candy cigarette

Candy cigarettes are a candy introduced in the early 20th century made out of chalky sugar, bubblegum or chocolate, wrapped in paper as to resemble cigarettes. Some products contain powdered sugar hidden in the wrapper, allowing the user to blow on the cigarette and produce "smoke" on the other end. Candy cigarettes' place on the market has long been controversial because many critics believe the candy desensitizes children, leading them to become smokers later in life.[1] Because of this, the selling of candy cigarettes has been banned in several countries. Candy cigarettes continue to be manufactured and consumed in many parts of the world. However, many manufacturers now describe their products as candy sticks, bubble gum, or candy.[2]

In America it was reported erroneously in 2010 that the Family Smoking and Prevention Control Act bans candy cigarettes.[3] However, the rule bans any form of added flavoring in tobacco cigarettes other than menthol.[4] It does not regulate the candy industry. Popeye Cigarettes marketed using the Popeye character were sold for a while and had red tips (to look like a lit cigarette) before being renamed candy sticks and being manufactured without the red tip.


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  1. ^ a b Lloyd, Robin (June 18, 2007). "Study Links Candy Cigarettes to Smoking". LiveScience. Retrieved August 31, 2008. 
  2. ^ "World Candies". accessdate=9 December 2008. 
  3. ^ RTT Staff Writer (24 June 2010). "Candy Cigarettes Officially Banned By FDA". RTTNews. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  4. ^ FDA. "Tobacco Products" FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Archived September 15, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Canada Tobacco Control Act 1997, Part IV, Section 27
  6. ^ "Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 No 108 (as at 18 December 2013), Public Act 2 Interpretation – New Zealand Legislation". Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  7. ^ Nunavut Tobacco Control Act 2003, Section 4

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