Real Cigarettes, Sure Buy That, But Candy Cigarettes, That’s Illegal!
I know why the items are banned, and really, I do get it that it bothers some people, but, in today's world, does it really matter? I am writing about candy cigarettes and Big League Chew. In St. Paul, Minnesota, the people that own an old-fashioned soda shop have had to take those items off their shelves after city inspectors paid a visit.
Fox News' Todd Starnes reports that the owners were "threatened with fines and a misdemeanor citation unless they stopped selling novelty candy cigarettes." So the owners took away those products from the many nostalgic items they sell in their soda shop. Do we really have to go this far anymore?
I understand health advocates don't want people to smoke, and that some people worry too many products and ads were targeting children, but in Minnesota you can buy real cigarettes and real chewing tobacco, but not the candy ones!
Lynden's Soda Fountain owner John Lynden says, "I had no idea we were breaking the law. I was shocked. I never thought something candy would be contraband. We were selling them because we sell a lot of nostalgic candy and we have an old-fashioned soda fountain."
Starnes reports many customers showed how outraged they were by posting on Facebook. I can understand it. I mean, you can buy the real thing, but you are over 21, and you can't buy the candy version? See, these types of laws are what's wrong with our country.
We just keep throwing the baby out with the bath water. I mean, why not just card me for the candy cigarettes and the Big League Chew? The intention was right, but the outcome is wrong.
I have to go now, I have to go get my chew.............or wait, I don't chew tobacco even though I must have chewed hundreds of dozens of packages of Big League Chew as a kid. Darn, I think their thinking might be wrong......