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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
This is a question that has been asked for years. Many believe that candy cigarettes encourage kids to smoke, there has been a lot of controversy over this subject. The name was changes a few years ago to candy sticks to help prevent kids from associating this candy with the real thing.
In 2011 the FDA banned tobacco companies from making flavored tobacco's for cigarettes except for menthol. No longer is vanilla, cherry, orange or other flavor tobacco products are available. Some states have banned them and they are not as available as they used to be.
Throughout the candy industry candy cigarettes has become quite the subject. While I don't promote kids smoking I find it so unreal the uproar this subject causes.
Interested in what people think we asked this question on O'Ryans Village Facebook Page.
Do you think candy cigarettes encourage kids to smoke and should they be banned ?
I was actually surprised with the comments.
Here are a few comments we received
These are just a few of the comments we received. When tallied up more fans agree that they do not encourage children to smoke and they should not be banned.
My thoughts thoughts on this.
While I no way encourage kids to smoke, I don't feel that candy cigarettes are the culprit when they do. Both my sons had candy cigarettes long before we had a candy store. They don't smoke today and think that it is a dirty nasty habit.
Times have changed years ago it was cool to smoke, but that is not the case today. I do agree with many of the comments that were posted. Peer pressure along with parent smoking probably is a bigger influence then this old time candy. Another thought is kids always want to do what they are told not too, the bigger deal that is made out of not smoking might just want them to try a cigarette.
Would kids still pretend to smoke if candy cigarettes were banned ?
My guess is yes if they want to pretend they are going to find something to use. How many times as kids did you pretend using a pretzel rod, pencil, straw, roller up piece of paper or even a stick ? The more you tell a children no they more they want to.
Do kids purchase candy cigarettes ?
You may be surprised to know that most of the time it is adults that purchase them. Mostly because they bring back many fond memories from the past. They are a favorite candy for 50's parties , class reunions or other social gatherings.
When we had our physically store and a child would bring a pack to the counter to purchase we would also tell them they had to ask their parents first. We noticed that kids didn't really care for the pepsin taste and would more likely grab a chocolate bar, gummy candy or bubble gum.
Will they be banned ?
It's hard to say, but it would be a shame to see this nostalgic candy along with good memories and fun times disappear.
Please keep in mind that is just my opinion. I always told my boys that if I ever caught them with a cigarette I would break their fingers. I bit drastic but it worked.
So what are your thoughts ?
Please feel free to share your thoughts or feelings we are always interest to hear what others think.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
I’m always looking for a new gum to try. When I saw this classic gum at O’Ryan’sVillage I knew it was something I needed to try. I must admit that I’d never had Choward’s Scented Gum before and it’s one of those “way back” memories of seeing it in old candy stores (remember when a brick and mortar candy store was the norm and not an anomaly?). Now that candy stores for the most part, like many other things have gone the way of the internet, possibilities are endless for classic candy if you know where to look.
So, the first thing I noticed is this gum is a bit hard. It’s almost got a shell on the outside. It takes a bit of a good bite to get through it. But, once that’s accomplished the taste is shockingly violet. Reminded me of my Grandmother’s house or an older lady’s perfume. Luckily that overpowering flavor subsides quickly and you’re left with a pleasant flowery flavor for a good amount of time.
The box boasts that it is a “Fragrance that refreshes after eating, smoking or drinking.” I’ve got to admit, it’s true. Unlike other gums, it doesn’t mask the mouth funk, it seems to eliminate it. That’s a good thing.
It was tough to get over such an odd name for a gum.. Choward. Didn’t seem appetizing. Of course, by the power of Bing I found out why the name is what it is. Choward’s Gum is a company that was started in the 1930s by Charles Howard… hence C Howard.. or Choward. Well played.
I’d highly recommend this gum for the strong teethed folks out there who enjoy a classic tasting unique gum. It lasts a long time too.
By Sean Claes
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