Well, the Federal Government has done it again. The need to control the populous and do “What’s Right” has prompted legislation that verges on insane. What could they have done this time? The ban on Candy Cigarettes. I kid you not….a ban on CANDY, because
“The youth may often get swayed into thinking that the sweet flavored cigarettes are not harmful to health,” said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, FDA’s Principal Deputy Commissioner of the FDA.”
Give me a break. We conducted a more scientific study here at Smokes and Booze right after Christmas (read it HERE) and found that our test subject was not enticed to smoke due to Candy Cigarettes. In fact, in our test case….we showed that 100% of those tested didn’t want to smoke even though they liked the candy.
Now, I know you think we are making those numbers up….but that is no worse than this nugget from the FDA -
FDA commissioner stated that almost 90% of all US citizens take to smoking while still in their formative years.
Is that 90% of ALL US Citizens, or only those that smoke? I would argue with either number. Of course, they can manipulate the data and expand the “formative years” from 12-18 to 12- 25 (or higher). Excuse me for not trusting Government supported Scientific Data, I know they have been so truthful with Global Warming.
In the end, of all the problems (Social, Economic and Health) on the market, this seems like the biggest waste of time and money to pass….so of course the Government did it. I know I will still be looking for “Candy Sticks” online for James….and when I am a Grandpa, the kids will always know there will be candy smokes when the come to visit.
Until next time…..Smoke’m if you Gott’m.
June 24, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): With both the Family Smoking Prevention Act as well as the Tobacco Control Act of the USA, supporting the move, the FDA finally managed to ban the candy cigarettes within the borders of the country. All kinds of flavored cigarettes be it fruit, clove or candy has been prohibited from June 23rd 2010.
This had been seen as an effort to reduce the number of smokers within the country. Statistics reveal that one of the leading causes of death in America is smoking. The regrettable fact is that such deaths could have been easily prevented simply by giving up cigarettes.
The FDA aims to discourage children from picking up this deadly addiction by imposing a ban on the flavored cigarettes. Other favored tobacco products as well as menthol cigarettes will also be examined minutely before deciding whether a ban on them would have to be declared as well.
Margaret A. Hamburg, the FDA commissioner stated that almost 90% of all US citizens take to smoking while still in their formative years. The adolescents usually prefer flavored brands over the normal ones. The non availability of such cigarettes will help to break the trend effectively thereby reducing the percentage of diseases and deaths due to smoking.
However, the FDA understands that a simple prohibition will not actually help matters. It is, therefore, trying to enforce the ban strictly. Almost all the tobacco companies of the nation will be receiving instructions about the ban on candy and flavored cigarettes along with the notification that it will be strictly illegal to manufacture, transport or sell the banned items.
The FDA also proposes to educate the parents on the risks of candy cigarettes. “The youth may often get swayed into thinking that the sweet flavored cigarettes are not harmful to health,” said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, FDA’s Principal Deputy Commissioner of the FDA.