Do you think candy cigarettes sets a bad example for kids?

Candy cigarettes - Candy cigarettes that have been around for years.
@rawpoet (2047)
United States
December 12, 2006 6:36pm CST
My daughter (12) and I were at the gas station tonight. Inside the store, we saw candy cigarettes. She said, "Mom, that's a bad example for kids." They've been around for years, and I used to eat them when I was a small. Do you think they set a bad example for kids? Should they be taken off the market? If you can't see the picture, please enlarge it. Some may not have heard of them in other countries.
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@shooie (4985)
• United States
14 Dec 06
Not any worse then seeing the commercials the adds the adults smoking. Family and friends moms and dads...I use to love to get those lil cig boxes...lol didn't know they still made them... I didn't grow up smoking...it's candy
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• United States
14 Dec 06
In a way, yes, but in a way, no. I would rather my children have those, than the real thing is how I see it.
• United States
13 Dec 06
People make such a big deal about nothing. I think they are fine.
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@rawpoet (2047)
• United States
13 Dec 06
Hey, I'm a smoker. I'm just wondering what others think. It kinda surpised me when my daughter (being so young) said this to me. Thanks for commenting.
• Philippines
13 Dec 06
yes it is a bad habit then it is bad also to children. children will see it that smoking though it is bad it is okay because adults are doing it anyway!
• United States
14 Dec 06
they might, but i wouldn't take them too seriously, i used to buy these as a kid, and now as as adult i am completely disgusted by smoking, and woudl never even attempt to do it
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@Cortney (3982)
• United States
14 Dec 06
I think that they should pull them from the market. It makes kids think they look cool with them and they don't
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@worker65 (160)
• New Zealand
13 Dec 06
I ythink ythey should be taken off the market. We had them when we were kids in NZ but they no longer make them here. I'm surprised they still do insome countries.
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@icequeen (2841)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
I really can't say...I have not seen those things in years..then it was just something we did for fun,,,,I think they are okay....they are just candy after all....
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@nichjake (523)
• United States
13 Dec 06
I don't think they're a bad example. They don't really look like the real thing at all. I had them when I was a kid and I loved them....theres just something about sticks of pure sugar that tastes so good....
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@myklj999 (26210)
• Olney, Illinois
13 Dec 06
I was thinking about this at Halloween when one of my friend's sons got some. I had thought they didn't nake them anymore so was not so pleasantly suprised to see them. I smoke myself, but I also believe these kind of items send the wrong messages to kids.
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• United States
13 Dec 06
Me and my brothers use to eat them when we were younger. I smoke but my brothers dont. I guess it all depends on what your around when you get older. I never thought when eatting those candies Gee I wish this was a real one. you justh ave to explain to your kids that they are just candy and the real ones are bad and you shouldnt do it. with or without the candy if your child grows up and is exposed to it then they will do it regardless unless you teach them other wise. even giving your child all the dangers of smoking doesnt mean they wont try it or do it. so i'm undecided on whether it should be taken off.
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13 Dec 06
I used to eat them and don't smoke - never have and don't intend to either. Looking at the picture I can see why people are saying there a bad example as even the packaging looks like a cigrette packet would. Over here there called 'Candy Sticks' and are normally in a small colourful packet with Tom and Jerry or some other cartoon character on so they weren't as bad. I think there fine, but don't think the packaging in the image you provided is helping...
@Bevsue (251)
• United States
13 Dec 06
There are bigger fish to fry!
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• India
13 Dec 06
NO,not at all they are 100% fine .
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@canadabis1 (1955)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
I remember the popeye ones they used to have...all the kids got them...I havent seen anything like that here in yrs...I think those have been banned in Canada...cause they r a bad example.
@rawpoet (2047)
• United States
13 Dec 06
You're kidding me, right? You think they're banned in Canada. Oy!
• Canada
13 Dec 06
oh yeah...last thing i want too see is some lil 5yr old sitting thier pretending thier smoking.
@rawpoet (2047)
• United States
13 Dec 06
Too bad I have no pictures of me smoking some candy. Oh man. That sounded...oy!...nevermind!!
@killailla (1301)
• Canada
13 Dec 06
I actually think they are, why you ask? Because I have a child that pretends to smoke now with them, they are learning that smoking is cool by having this candy, which is going to lead to them thinking it is cool to smoke for real when they are older!
@rawpoet (2047)
• United States
13 Dec 06
Why did I ask? *gives confused look* Because I think it's a decent question, and I'm curious. They're are some that actually disagree.
• Brazil
18 Dec 06
To smoke cause to cancer!
• Brazil
18 Dec 06
To smoke cause to cancer!
• Brazil
18 Dec 06
If it does not have to never smoke close to the children. This and pure irresponsibility!
• India
13 Dec 06
yes i do think so.because pitcures and artificial look-a-likes set a bad impression on children
• France
13 Dec 06
Airness - Airness
absolutley, I think that ciggarettes and candy ciggartes should be took of the market completly, I know that they sell really well but people could do without them, there's no point buying a pack of ciggarettes and a lighter just to make your life fall apart, what do you get out of it? cancer.