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By Austin Carr | 04-28-2010 | 3:57 PM
Big League Chew
The Root of the Cause
You had to know this one was coming. Can't you remember puffing these as a child, blowing plumes of chalky sugar into the air like a regular Marlboro Man? The sweet smokes were introduced in the early 19th century, and have long been controversial for obvious reasons. Candy cigarettes are now banned in Finland, Norway, Ireland, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. In the U.S. however, several bans have been considered but never enacted. Only North Dakota has passed a ban on the products, in 1953--and it was repealed in 1967. Studies have even shown a link between candy cigarettes and smokers. According to a Harris poll in 2007, about 22% of current or former smokers regularly puffed on candy cigarettes as kids, compared with the 14% of non-smokers who enjoyed the treats as children.