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Poll: Do you support the state's new campaign against candy-flavored tobacco products?

Posted by Rob Anderson  April 21, 2011 02:23 PM

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TicTacs_Orbs.jpgThe state Department of Public Health has started a campaign to hamper the sale of cheap, smokeless, candy-flavored tobacco products targeted at teens and young adults in Massachusetts.

Is it just another example of Big Government shoving nanny state policies down the throats of Massachusetts residents? (Long live Four Loko!) Or is banning the sale of addictive products that increase the likelihood of certain cancers — and that are being marketed to young people — just a common-sense measure for the Commonwealth to propose?

I have to admit my eyes rolled when I first read the news — which seems to be my general reaction whenever I hear about government proposals to police the things people do with and to their own bodies. But on second thought, those disposable tobacco pellets sure do look like tic tacs! And that berry-flavored cigar certainly looks cute wrapped in that pink, sparkly packaging! I'm not sure there's any way to justify things like that.

Candies made to resemble cigarettes are one thing, but cigarettes made to look and taste like candy are an entirely different problem. In my book, the latter is much worse than the former.

What do you think? Vote in our poll and leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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