St. Paul shop caught with smoking gum

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 27, 2012 - 12:21 AM

Inspector warns Lynden's about three-year-old ordinance outlawing sales of tobacco-themed treats.

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acctsah2Dec. 26, 12 1:10 PM

Oh good, glad to hear there is a do-gooder out there to monitor these things. Everyone knows that candy cigarettes lead to candy drugs which of course ends up in candy rehab.

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rlitfinDec. 26, 12 1:10 PM

It is against the law in St.Paul to smoke candy cigs, but not against the law to smoke the real thing. I dont get it.

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mouthwashDec. 26, 12 1:11 PM

To the person who has a problem with Gummi Bears: you might want to try Gummi Worms instead.

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mnmaidDec. 26, 12 1:12 PM

Let's see. I grew up in a household where I was a 4 pack a day secondhand smoker for the first 4 years of my life, but then I cut back to 2 secondhand packs a day for the next 17 years (when dad quit smoking) until I moved out. I had these things when I was a kid (including the ones that were chocolate wrapped in paper, not just the white sugar with the red tips), and I've been an avid NON smoker my entire adult life. So, smoking isn't caused by exposure to candy, and it doesn't have to be caused by growing up in a house where other people smoke. It's a personal decision (remember personal responsibility? I thought not.) I know of another place where you can buy these, but I'm not saying. This whole thing is assinine. Cars kill people, too. Should we start banning them?

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queensandiDec. 26, 12 1:13 PM

Ridiculous!! If this is how our tax dollars are being spent - raiding candy shops - someone in St. Paul government is wasting our money.

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mrf26858Dec. 26, 12 1:15 PM

One complaint out of how many hundreds of customers, and this is the action by the city. Wow. Not surprising, but a classic case of promoting the good of the few in lieu of the good of the many, over something as trivial as you can possibly get. Waste of time on the part of the city to even make a statute out of it in the first place.

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mouthwashDec. 26, 12 1:31 PM

Unfortunately, old vices often do have some sort of a lure. A related example might be old cigarette commercials on YouTube. Although a nonsmoker, I am admittedly somewhat 'addicted' to watching the utter creativity involved in some of those old ads!

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buskahDec. 26, 12 1:33 PM

@mnmaid: I feel your pain. Secondhand cigarette smoke kills 43,000 Americans every year while firearm homicides are around 10,000. To me, murder is murder. Cigarette smoking is a piggish habit.

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macmac911Dec. 26, 12 1:40 PM

mmm lets see last time I checked we live in a FREE country. With that said a business should be able to sell a product like this. If a parent does not want their kids to have these things, then the parent should do some parenting and not let their kids have them. However the rest of us that would like to indulge in a little suger stick should have the right. This is a great exampel of Government run amuck.

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gemie1Dec. 26, 12 1:52 PM

Maybe Lynden's can find candy crack or multi flavored crystal meth. Children are influenced very easily. I would not want my child to pretend that she is smoking a real cigarette. Real cigarettes kill. The Lynden's need to be more sensitive to children and not be so focused on making a buck. Parents need to decide if this place is appropriate for their child?

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