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Candy-Flavored Cigarettes Are Officially Banned, Drug-Themed Candy Remains Legal [Updated]

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It's a tough week for cigarette companies looking to recruit the next generation of smokers. Cigarette companies can no longer lure the young with claims of "light," "mild," "medium," or "low." And candy-flavored cigarettes have officially been banned as part of the larger Family Smoking Prevention and Control Act.

The Family Smoking Prevention and Control Act includes a number of other bans: tobacco-branded apparel, free cigarette samples, cigarette vending machines in areas where minors are allowed, audio ads for tobacco products that use music or sound effects, color advertisements for tobacco, tobacco brand names used in sponsorships of teams or events, and cigarette coupons that can be redeemed through the mail.

But America's obsession with drug-themed candy won't disappear without a fight. There are still plenty of candy-like drugs and drug-like candies (and drinks) to go around, as evidenced by this recent slideshow. We still have Big League Chew, Red Bull, bubble tape, Pixy Stix, root beer, Camel Orbs, and fun dip all waiting for children on store shelves. So who needs candy cigarettes anyway?

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  • Kimberly Fleury

    The FSPC Act seems silly to me for the fact that street drugs haven't disappeared despite lack of vending machines, legal free samples, advertisements in corporate venues, etc. It's also pretty funny that I can buy apparel depicting cannabis, with slogans like, "F*** Milk, Got Pot?," but am no longer allowed to get my hands on any clothing with a tobacco brand logo.

  • tracy

    He definetly needs a fact checker because his facts are wrong. All he has to do is actually read the law and he will see that he is wrong.
    This Law
    “Prohibits a cigarette or any of its components from containing as a constituent or additive any artificial or natural flavor (other than tobacco or menthol) or any herb or spice (including strawberry, grape, orange, clove, cinnamon, and vanilla) that is a characterizing flavor of the tobacco product or tobacco smoke”
    Some people write stuff just to write stuff......this is poor journalism.

    This clause is taken directly from a summary of the law written by Congress. In this they don’t even use the word candy.

  • Tobacco Facts

    Looks like you need a fact checker over there at Fast Company. Candy cigarettes are not banned. Cigarettes characterized by fruit and candy flavors are banned ... as of last year. Doh!