Soda Shop Told to Remove Candy Smokes (Unfrackingbelievable!!)

SK-pro impeachment 2012/12/27 18:14:34

By Todd Starnes

The 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.


City inspectors said Lynden’s Soda Fountain violated an ordinance barring the sale of candy cigarettes and cartoon character lighters. The ban also applies to items like Big League Chew chewing gum.

“I had no idea we were breaking the law,” owner John Lynden told Fox News. “I was shocked.”soda

Lynden said the white candy sticks with the red tips was a best-selling item at the store – especially among adults in their 40s and 50s.

“I never thought something candy would be contraband,” Lynden said. “We were selling them because we sell a lot of nostalgic candy and we have an old-fashioned soda fountain.”

A city spokesperson told The Star Tribune that the business was given a warning – but if they break the law – they could face a citation along with a $500 fine. The ordinance was enacted to discourage youngsters from eventually using real cigarettes.

Lynden said they’ve pulled the inventory from their shelves – including Big League Chew.

“You cannot sell Big League Chew in the city of St. Paul,” he said. “It’s legal to sell real cigarettes and real chewing tobacco, but not candy versions.”

The news has not gone over well with his customers — many voicing their outrage on Facebook.

“A lot of people are upset they can’t get their candy smokes here in St. Paul,” he told Fox News. “We have to send them over to our sister city – Minneapolis – to get their candy smokes.”

With reporting from Associated Press

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  • SK-pro impeachment 2012/12/27 18:17:04
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    I remember as a kid getting those candy cigerettes. never got cancer from those and never made me want to smoke or chew when i became an adult. It was always funny when we pretended to smoke like the adults. it was just a novelty item, that's all!!

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  • Roy Munson **SL, BD** 2015/05/15 05:05:19
    Roy Munson **SL, BD**
    booo!!!! can still buy them on Amazon, I'm going to get a bunch!
  • Ozzyboy 2012/12/28 18:01:07
    If anything I didn't smoke because cigarettes didn't taste like the candy cigarettes. Doesn't the current WH inhabitant get his smoke on still?
  • Ozzyboy 2012/12/28 17:58:14
    If we could only remove the candyazz politicians who spend taxpayer money on this sh*# instead on things that would benefit working Americans. Disgusting.
  • Just me ♥ 2012/12/28 16:00:53
    Just me ♥
    How ridiculous! Glad I don't live there...candy cigarettes and Big League Chew are some of my favorite candies & gum. In times like these, you would think that the gov't would have bigger fish to chase & fry than this.
  • SK-pro ... Just me ♥ 2012/12/28 17:33:23
    SK-pro impeachment
    The economy's fiiinne, the unemployment rate is down, what else do they have to work on?
  • Just me ♥ SK-pro ... 2012/12/28 22:15:18
    Just me ♥
    You're so funny!
  • Just me ♥ SK-pro ... 2012/12/28 22:15:45
  • SK-pro ... Just me ♥ 2012/12/28 22:40:23
    SK-pro impeachment
  • bettyboop 2012/12/28 15:55:35
    I use to love those candy and bubble gum cigs. There was lots of candy I liked.
  • Jeff Smith 2012/12/28 14:45:42
    Jeff Smith
    Maybe the city needs a dose of: ass kisser
  • SK-pro ... Jeff Smith 2012/12/28 17:34:05
  • hatter 2012/12/28 14:32:23
    Nanny state.
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/12/28 13:43:41
  • SK-pro ... Jackie ... 2012/12/28 17:34:30
    SK-pro impeachment
    I hear ya loud and clear.
  • Chris 2012/12/28 12:24:43
    I ate them as a kid, so when I was 13 smoking cigarettes just came naturally to me.

    The candy was good though.
  • drsardonicas 2012/12/28 08:05:40
    PUssy Americans.
  • SK-pro ... drsardo... 2012/12/28 17:35:27
    SK-pro impeachment
    A land of silly nannies.
  • Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel 2012/12/28 07:30:08
    Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel
    Thats pathetic. Those are my favorite candies. I can't stand liberal progressives.
  • SK-pro ... Annie~P... 2012/12/28 17:36:44
    SK-pro impeachment
    they're turrible!! charles barkley turrible
  • CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY 2012/12/28 06:25:47
    Give these progressive scum an inch, they will factually take several miles.
  • THE BEACH 2012/12/28 05:29:09 (edited)
    The candy cigs tasted to sugary.Now the ones that were made out of gum wrapped in paper were cool because the powder from the gum would blow out.The gum cigars were cool also.My grandmother use to send us for x-mas "out of the box" candy.For instance:chocolate wrapped in fake gold wrappers in a mesh bag wrapped with a string.gum cigars,gum cigs that blew smoke,and gourmet candy from europe.It made it convienent that she lived on an island where tourists flocked.The town had alot of tourist grabbing shops and the candy store was one of them.The coolest iv'e seen.
  • goatman112003 2012/12/28 04:54:48
    I remember those candy cigarettes as a kid and that probably the reason for the popularity among adults as part of nostalgia of an earlier age. This is insane.
  • SK-pro ... goatman... 2012/12/28 05:16:33
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    I remember them well, they never caused me to smoke later in life. Can't say i never smoked but it's not something i need or hooked on.
  • Dwight 2012/12/28 04:26:27
  • SK-pro ... Dwight 2012/12/28 04:27:50
  • princess 2012/12/28 03:54:41
    OMG, then let's round up ALL the candy cigarettes around the country.....the candy police can't let a good CANDY CRISIS go to waste!!
  • aherbert 2012/12/28 03:03:56 (edited)
    I remember as a kid buying that candy off the ice cream man truck. I can remember watching actors smoke on TV. and thought it was cool that is why I brought that candy. I know now that smoking is very unhealthy … even though I smoke … I wouldn’t want that advertised to children. really really
  • JT For Political Reform 2012/12/28 02:58:45
  • aherbert JT For ... 2012/12/28 03:07:57
    Let's keep it real ... you know that you can not get rid of every politician. Now what? Let's vote for those that support our views ... but really ... with all the stuff going on in America ... you are up in arms because a store can not sale candy cigs to children ... really
  • JT For ... aherbert 2012/12/28 03:15:33
    JT For Political Reform
    No I'm up in arms because this happens a little here and a little there, one item at a time until they have you boxed in. Maybe it's you that should keep it real because one of these days, the way things are going, you won't even be able to say what you just said.
  • aherbert JT For ... 2012/12/28 03:17:23
    I am not chicken little ... chicken little
  • JT For ... aherbert 2012/12/28 03:33:23
  • aherbert JT For ... 2012/12/28 03:50:15
    of course that is what YOU would think ... thats what you think
  • JT For ... aherbert 2012/12/28 12:01:26
  • aherbert JT For ... 2012/12/28 16:51:18
  • JT For ... aherbert 2012/12/28 21:24:00
    JT For Political Reform
    No thanks, I'm not gay.
  • aherbert JT For ... 2012/12/29 03:42:27
    You are not human either ....
  • JT For ... aherbert 2012/12/29 03:52:06
  • aherbert JT For ... 2012/12/29 03:57:14
  • ☆Ed☆ 2012/12/28 02:18:29
    Well geeez!!! Isn't it obvious to everyone that "candy" tobacco product sales in this nation are the root cause of ALL EVIL!!!

    candy cigs

    geeez obvious candy tobacco product sales nation root evil

    candy cigs

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