“Big Government,” in this case, is the city of St. Paul. A three-year-old city ordinance bans retailers from selling products shown to make smoking look cool to youngsters, like lighters with cartoon characters on them or candy cigarettes. Was the soda fountain, Lynden’s, luring youth into a lifetime of sin taxes and lung disease with their selection of candy smokes and bubblegum cigars? Not really. The store owner reports that most purchasers of the items are nostalgic grown-ups, not impressionable kids. Still, they’re obeying the law, and won’t stock their best-selling candy anymore.
City Government Busts Old-Timey Soda Fountain For Selling Old-Timey Candy Cigarettes
By December 27, 2012