Old Fashioned Soda Shop Threatened With Misdemeanor Over Sale Of Candy Cigarettes

51s+WPq1ooL._SL500_AA300_I have previously written about the criminalization of America as politicians turn every objectionable act into a crime. I have criticized this trend in columns (here and here) and numerous blogs on the criminalization of using artificial turf to growing vegetable gardens to eating french fries in the subway. Now owners of an old-fashioned soda shop in St. Paul, Minn. were threatened with fines and a misdemeanor citation unless they stopped selling novelty candy cigarettes. Lynden’s Soda Fountain was unaware that it was committing a crime by selling the long-common items.

City inspectors warned Lynden’s Soda Fountain that it was in flagrant violation of an ordinance barring the sale of candy cigarettes and cartoon character lighters. The ban also applies to items like Big League Chew chewing gum. The store sells most of the vintage candy cigarettes to adults in their 40s and 50s but the city has barred the right of adults to buy such items in another example, in my view, of a nanny state mentality.

Making the law even less logical is that fact that Minneapolis allows such sales. The owner said “We have to send them over to our sister city – Minneapolis – to get their candy smokes.”

The ordinance was enacted to discourage youngsters from eventually using real cigarettes. I understand that good motivation. However, even if such items should not be sold to children, I fail to see why they cannot be sold to adults.

Source: IBT

47 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Soda Shop Threatened With Misdemeanor Over Sale Of Candy Cigarettes”

  1. Juris,
    Hope my comment to HP helps you understand.
    I don’t bite on the “show proof” challenge. If your mind were open to how children grow, you would have understood. And stats don’t change minds.
    Do they?

  2. Happy Pilgrim,

    Saying no to a child only increases the objects attraction and the child’s curiosity. Being surrounded by adults who smoke, and an adult will all children become, kinda makes if diffícult the withstand the constant reminder.
    Children also notice the relief that it offers to emotional distress to adults.
    So the rewards are there. It is also good against hunger pains, which they’ll discover on their first use.

    How did I stop smoking? Just by banishing them from my thoughts as attractive. Smoked for years in my dreams.

  3. When I was a kid, I loved candy cigarettes. Now I am old and do not smoke so I doubt the supposition that candy cigarettes lead to tobacco addiction. In any event, what bothers me is that we have to have a government law prohibiting the sale with punishment metted out to the perpetrator. It seems to me the proper authority in this case is the parent who is responsible for rearing the child. When Dad said “no”, I obeyed. Have we adjusts become so inept that we must have government running our lives for us?

  4. Have you ever tasted those things? They should be illegal as per se child abuse, if sold to children. If sold to adults, they should be illegal as tending to cause violence.

  5. Darren

    it’s not the ones made with cane sugar that bother me. the ones made with HFCS that are bad for you.

    and they’re damned hard to light

  6. idealist, why don’t you save me the time and post your basis for being so certain? I will be the first to tell you I was wrong. At least throw me a bone.

  7. Idealist contributed:
    You are obviously avoiding the point. Of the objects you listed, do you have any stats on their mortality rate in the USA?
    Oh how about the fact that it is a misdemeanor to sell a candy cigarette to an adult but it is not illegal to sell actual cigarettes to the same person.

    And I don’t have numbers readily available to me, and I don’t see the need to spend my time researching them, but here is some other supporting evidence:

    Strontium 90: Strontium 90 is a byproduct of nuclear fallout among other things. Since human physiology interprets it to be similar to calcium the body uptakes it into bones. If ingested into the body, it tends to collect in bones which has led to cancer. The half life of strontium 90 is if memory serves me 28 years. During nuclear testing the winds carried it world wide. Children alive during that time in parts of the world have it in the bodies. If ingested it can lead to bone cancers.

    X-Ray Tubes: X-rays are a mutagen and if the technology is mishandled it can lead to genetic issues among other pathologies. The use of x-rays upon the human body is regulated. At one time x-rays were used in the fitting of shoes and other quack medical practices. Some states, Washington for one, outlaw the use of X-ray devices in the fitting of shoes because there were widespread cases of people being burned by these. RCW 70.98.170

    Uranuim Ore: Uranium ore emits Radon gas which is carcinogenic. Exposure over long terms can lead to lung cancer. Ingestion of uranium is poisonous. Before better suited mining techniques were brought forward the deaths of miners via lung and other cancers was an order of magnitude worse than members of the general population in the same area. Additionally, the families of uranium miners were significantly more likely to have genetic defects and other illnesses.

    High Magnets. No stats here but large sized grade n50 magnets can cause crush injury if a body part is between them and the magnets are a foot apart before being attracted to each other.

    Flamethrower: Is it obvious?

    Compare these to a candy cigarette made of sugar.

  8. Here me “for cryin out loud”.

    Deejus, criminal penalties for the selling of the idea of tobacco.

    Thoughtcrimes, here they come again.

    Am only I and JT here critical of this nonsense?

  9. idealist707 1, December 28, 2012 at 5:08 pm


    Should be appreciated at JT’s, I believe.
    Way tru dat.

    And dig: Black Merda (“They are considered to be the first all black rock band”):

  10. itchinBay,

    Other than SantOrump, I think that “smoke’em if you gottem” is the worst?best? words this year.

    Of course he said it years ago, but some things are forever. As long as cigarettes exist.

  11. Darren,

    “Darren Smith1, December 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    The following items are legal to sell to consumers.

    You are obviously avoiding the point. Of the objects you listed, do you have any stats on their mortality rate in the USA? Compare them with tobacco, particularly cigarettes. Are any of them offered over the counter, sometimes to underage customers. Are they strongly addictive and thus daily use. As to causing cancer in the general public, tobacco leads by the thousnands every year.


    A little googling should change your mind. Nuf’ said. Good searching.

  12. Why do kids smoke cigarettes? Many adult cancer victims started out at age 10 or so. It does not help the population control because the schmucks all sire kids before they get cancer or heart disease or emphesema. Perhaps a middle path would be to require them to buy a life insurance policy before they buy their children candy cigarettes. Our population is out of control and the self induced cancer thing is one way to knock some of the dumb ones off earlier than the normal life expectancy.

    Sure you can have a pack of candy cigarettes Cindy. Then we will go home and watch old movies on TCM with all the stars glamourizing smoking. You can be Marilyn and Johnboy can be John Wayne in the Vietnam War or Richard Burton sitting on the throne of England.. Smoke em if ya gottem.

  13. The following items are legal to sell to consumers.

    .1 microcurie of Strontium-90 (a radioactive beta emitter)
    X-Ray Tubes
    Uranium Ore
    grade N50 NdFeB magnets. (can lead to injury if mishandled)
    Flamethrower (most states)

    Illegal in St. Paul

    Candy Cigarettes

  14. A stupid law in the sense that it criminalizes selling these to adults as well.

    Are candy cigs really a significant factor in why children or adults smoke? I find that hard to believe.

  15. idealist707 1, December 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Nannyism is not the threat to the nation. Instead it is anti-democratic independent autocratic organizations driven by simple greed. Greed for more of all things.
    Tru dat.

    The nanny state is for MOMCOM, not the people.

    The MOMCOM theme:

    “I am my mother’s only one … I am my mother on the wall”

  16. Nannyism is not the threat to the nation. Instead it is anti-democratic independent autocratic organizations driven by simple greed. Greed for more of all things.

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