Candy cigarette

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Candy Cigarettes
Candy cigarette display in shop.jpg
Alternative namesCandy Sticks, Candy Stix
Main ingredientsSugar
VariationsCandy, Bubble Gum, Chocolate

Candy cigarettes are a candy introduced in the early 20th century made out of chalky sugar, bubblegum or chocolate, wrapped in paper and packaged and branded so as to resemble cigarettes. Some products contain powdered sugar hidden in the wrapper, allowing the user to blow into the cigarette and produce a cloud of sugar that imitates smoke, which comes out of 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 even though they are continued to be manufactured and consumed in many parts of the world. However, many manufacturers now describe their products as candy sticks, bubble gum, or simply candy.[2]

In America it was reported erroneously in 2010 that the Family Smoking and Prevention Control Act[3] bans candy cigarettes.[4] However, the rule bans any form of added flavoring in tobacco cigarettes other than menthol.[5] 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.

Sales laws[edit]

Country Law
Canada Federal law prohibits candy cigarette branding that resembles real cigarette branding[6]
Brazil Banned
Finland Banned
Ireland Banned
Denmark Banned
Portugal Banned
France Banned
Sweden Banned
Norway Banned
South Korea Banned
South Africa Banned in terms of section 4(3) of the Tobacco Products Control Act, 1993 [7] [8]
Spain[9] Banned
Turkey Banned
Saudi Arabia Banned
New Zealand Bans the sale of toy tobacco products to people under the age of 18 but specifically exempts confectionery from this.[10]
Territory Law
North Dakota Enacted a ban on candy cigarettes from 1953 until 1967.[1]
Nunavut Banned all products that resemble cigarettes.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Lloyd, Robin (June 18, 2007). "Study Links Candy Cigarettes to Smoking". LiveScience. Retrieved August 31, 2008.
  2. ^ "World Candies". Retrieved 9 December 2008.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ RTT Staff Writer (24 June 2010). "Candy Cigarettes Officially Banned By FDA". RTTNews. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  5. ^ FDA. "Tobacco Products" FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Archived August 23, 2011, at the Library of Congress Web Archives
  6. ^ Canada Tobacco Control Act 1997, Part IV, Section 27
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  10. ^ "Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 No 108 (as at 18 December 2013), Public Act 2 Interpretation – New Zealand Legislation". Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  11. ^ Nunavut Tobacco Control Act 2003 Archived 2016-01-13 at the Wayback Machine., Section 4

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