Flavored Cigarettes Banned As Of Today

New rules about tobacco marketing that targets young people go into effect this week as part of the Family Smoking Prevention and Control Act. Among the rules: No candy- or fruit-flavored cigarettes.

We understand the logic behind banning candy-flavored cigarettes, but we have to admit that having had “candy cigarettes” as a child, we’re convinced that the real scam is candy companies taking advantage of the popularity of cigarettes to pass off chalk as candy.

The rule also bans a bunch of other stuff.

Candy and Fruit Flavored Cigarettes Now Illegal in United States; Step is First Under New Tobacco Law [FDA]


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  1. Mobius says:

    If candy cigarettes are outlawed, only outlaws will have candy cigarettes.

    • gerrylum says:


    • midwestkel says:

      I just ordered 6 boxes. I want to be an outlaw.

    • JuliB says:

      You can still buy them online…

      • Southern says:

        You mean you COULD.. I did, in fact, order several cartons straight from Indonesia myself, and received them with no problems..

        But since they passed the *latest* law that prohibits the US Post Office from mailing any type of cigarette product that goes into effect next week, I have a sneaky hunch that we’ll no longer be able to order any type of cigarette, even from overseas, and have it delivered.

    • baddate says:

      …best comment ever.

    • StarVapor says:

      The same for matches to light them…

  2. jibo says:

    No! Now I’m going to have to get my sweetened chalk fix from Fun Dip…

    • mobiuschic42 says:

      I don’t think Fun Dip counts as candy cigarettes…just because something is long and vaguely cylindrical doesn’t make it a cigarette marketing tactic. :)

      • mobiuschic42 says:

        Damn, I read that wrong. Sorry!
        Also, there are still Necco Wafers and (older) conversation hearts for that chalky goodness!

    • Sexual Elf! says:

      ‘Candy- or fruit-flavored cigarettes.’ If they’d worded it fruit- or candy-flavored cigarettes’ then maybe everyone here’d stop trying to figure out how to hoard candy cigs.

      Calm down, y’all, cigarette-shaped chalk will still be available on the bottom shelf of your local market’s candy aisle, like it has been since the dawn of time :)

  3. NoThankYou says:

    I wonder how long before shredded beef jerky in tobacco like cans are removed as well. ;)

    • Mobius says:

      Jerky snuff was/is delicious! I haven’t had it for a while but I sure used to enjoy it.

      • womynist says:

        I LOVE the picture & slogan on Wild Bill’s shredded beef jerky!

        “You don’t need teef to eat our beef!”

        • ChuckECheese says:

          That is also the slogan for Honey Bear’s BBQ in Phoenix: “You don’t need no teeth to eat our meat.”

  4. JCH4H says:

    ‘…..we’re convinced that the real scam was candy companies taking advantage of the popularity of cigarettes to pass off chalk as candy.’

    You nailed it.

  5. raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

    Dang. When I worked at a video rental store, we got a huge box of those on a whim for our candy shelf.

    They sold out in less days. Mostly adults buying them.

    I’ve known people who quit smoking, using candycigs as their oral prop.

  6. mobiuschic42 says:

    But…but…where will i get my chalk candy?

  7. temporaryscars says:

    What?! I freaking love these things. Ughhhhhhhhhhhh, the jackboot of the federal government strikes again with stupid legislation.

  8. DowneMixedBoi says:

    Wow, This is stupid, Now since kids don’t have the fake candy cigarettes to “Pretend smoke” to look cool, They’ll just get the real thing to look cool.

    I remember when I was younger I loved these things, Every year I would buy the at the fair.

    I am the only person in my family who doesn’t smoke.

  9. leprechaunshawn says:

    I remember candy cigarettes from when I was a kid. I started smoking at 15 years old because I wanted to, not because I ate a candy cigarette 10 years earlier.

    • grucifer says:

      +1, not that I’m proud of it now but I started smoking at 17 and it had nothing to do with having candy cig’s as a kid, haha.

      • axhandler1 says:

        Smoking has ruined my life, and I blame candy cigs! Those brightly colored packages, that smooth chalk flavor, the sweet rush of sugar through my veins…

  10. eccsame says:

    Great, now how will I get kids into my van?

  11. JRJJ says:

    What about the shredded bubble gume that is mimics chewing tobacco and the cigar shaped bubble gum?

  12. MercuryPDX says:

    “we’re convinced that the real scam was candy companies taking advantage of the popularity of cigarettes to pass off chalk as candy.”

    ??? Guess you’ve never had the bubble gum cigarettes and/or cigars (pictured on the right in your photo).

    • ret3 says:

      I always preferred the bubblegum cigarettes that came in paper wrappers with a think layer of powdered sugar between the gum and the paper, so you could “puff” them and produce a little cloud of dust. Brilliant candymaking concept, that.

      • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

        Yeah, those were always my favorite.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        Ha ha, we used to make fake cigs out of rolls of paper with baby powder in them. You could blow and the puff would come out the end.

        Only thing was, you had to remember to BLOW and not INHALE.

  13. SkokieGuy says:

    To have a legal product and completely restrict is sales and marketing and usage (black text only, no music, only consumed outdoors, 15 feet from a building entrance) is preposterous. If the product is so inherently dangerous (well documented) why do we permit its sale?

    This is BS. Either have the balls to ban the product, or stop the cheap grandstanding to earn political points.

    And despite all this legislation cigarettes and tobacco products still do not contain a list of ingredients, a far more basic regulation. Why is that?

    • Gramin says:

      Are you also suggesting the government should also roll back legal restrictions on alcohol consumption, such as limits on alcohol consumption before driving and driving while drinking?

      They have the balls to ban the product, but they don’t have the support. The tobacco industry spends more than $100,000 in lobbying efforts each day the legislature meets. Big Tobacco is a beast and the government is doing what it can to chip away at their influence.

      • nova3930 says:

        Well, there’s also that little thing about being morally wrong to tell adults what they should and should not put into their bodies. Hands off my body and all that you know.

        And trying to connect this to laws prohibiting DUI is disengenious. DUI laws are to punish those who demostrate gross negligence and thus endangering the public by operating a vehicle while impaired, not to protect the drinker from his own actions. Joe Sixpack can smoke as much as he wants and it does not put me in any danger whatsoever.

        You seem like you’re all aboard for bans that cover “things people want that are dangerous.” Well lets get going with salty fatty food, sky diving, bungee jumping, motorcycles, cars that go over 10mph, unprotected sex and a whole host of other activities that will get you killed….

        • Gramin says:

          Approximately 40,000 people die every year from tobacco related issues… yet those people don’t smoke or use tobacco. Tobacco doesn’t just affect you, it also has harmful effects on all those around you. It’s less harmful to directly inhale the exhaust from your tailpipe than it is to inhale the smoke coming off the end of a cigarette.

          Clearly, this causes negative effects on more than just the user… and that’s without considering the economic healthcare impacts.

        • enad58 says:

          This is more akin to Root Beer having to be called Root Soda

      • Marshmelly says:

        Please tell me you aren’t serious. You’re comparing harmless candy to alcohol consumption. Its not a one size fits all thing. Plus the fact that the law only restricts alcohol consumption with regards to driving (because, you know, it harms people), not in general. Candy cigs, by any stretch of the imagination, do not increase a kid’s desire to smoke actual cigs (or there would be a hell of a lot more smokers than there are today). You act like they’re purposefully selling kids actual cigs masqueraded in a candy box. Please.

        • Billy says:

          C’mon. You must know that alcohol is more regulated than just restricting alcohol consumption with regards to driving.

          • Gramin says:

            ‘Tis true. Legal drinking age of 21 (some exceptions), no purchases on Sunday or before Noon on Sundays (in some municipalities), no vending machines, no consumption in public (many municipalities), no substituting for baby food, etc. List goes on and on.

            • shepd says:

              I’m willing to bet at least one state also restricts the types of stores that sell it. There’s a province in Canada where you can only buy take-home liquor and wine from shops the government owns (serious!) unless it is wine in which case if you only exist in this province, you may sell your wine direct to the consumer. And you can buy beer from one of those stores (except the wine places, which cannot sell liquor or beer, although I hear the beer restriction is lifted now, with the same restrictions as wine sellers), or one other choice: “The Beer Store”, which is the supposed competition to “The Liquor Store”, now just the LCBO.

              God I feel stupid actually typing that, but that’s how it works.

        • Gramin says:


          I’ve come to realize that you don’t actually read anything. Read the post I was replying to. He made comments on the regulation of smoking. I responded to those comments. I didn’t compare candy tobacco to alcohol; rather, I compared tobacco legislation to alcohol legislation.

  14. smo0 says:

    I loved those :(


    FTR – I never smoked nor wanted to growing up.

    • Jabberkaty says:

      Ditto, here. I bought them all – Candy cigs, bubblegum cigars, Big League Chew and I’ve never smoked. I have lots of cavities, but never smoked.

    • aloria says:

      Yeah. Those shits were delicious. I also do not smoke, except perhaps the occasional hookah.

  15. sponica says:

    i had candy cigarettes as a kid, but never the desire to smoke…

  16. SaltWater says:

    What’s next, tic-tacs, Necco Wafers? They’re just candy disguised as pills. Sparkling apple cider is posing as Champagne.

  17. Shadowman615 says:

    I do remember back as a kid in the early 80s occasionally you’d run into the more deluxe candy cigarettes that were made of chocolate.

    I didn’t know these were even still around.

  18. ret3 says:

    I saw candy cigarettes a while back without the red dot on one end being marketed as “candy sticks,” which, perversely, is a less appealing name than “cigarettes.” Are these neutered versions also banned?

    • tchann says:

      This. I loved that candy and I’ll be upset to see it die out because of well-meaning legislation.

  19. Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ) says:

    What’s next, chocolates with booze in them shaped like little bottles?!

    WORLD IS ENDING. This here’s the proof.

  20. kidincredible says:

    I don’t think you’re reading this law correctly. I take it as “no cigarettes that are candy or fruit flavored”
    My delicious delicious candy sticks are hopefully going to still be available.

    • Southern says:

      I believe you are correct, Kid.. They (the FDA) have banned actual cigarettes that supposedly TASTE like candy, but the chalky goodness that are actual Candy Cigarettes should not be affected.

    • Billy says:

      I’d like to know the specific language of the law which bans candy cigarettes. Consumerist doesn’t point to the language. I don’t believe that the law actually bans candy cigarettes.

      Here’s the press release from the FDA: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm183211.htm

      It’s clear that they are talking about Candy-flavored tobacco products, not candy cigarettes. Besides, the law clearly only regulates tobacco products, not candy products.

    • Billy says:

      I’d like to know the specific language of the law which bans candy cigarettes. Consumerist doesn’t point to the language. I don’t believe that the law actually bans candy cigarettes.

      Here’s the press release from the FDA: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm183211.htm

      It’s clear that they are talking about Candy-flavored tobacco products, not candy cigarettes. Besides, the law clearly only regulates tobacco products, not candy products.

  21. dolemite says:

    I loved those things as a child. Now I smoke 2 packs a day. Oh wait, no I can’t stand cigarettes. Guess there goes that theory of theirs out the window.

  22. MaytagRepairman says:

    For some reason I thought these were already banned years ago. Must have been just the state I grew up in.

  23. Tim says:

    Umm. Are you sure about this? You didn’t link to anything, and I can’t find any other source to back this up. I can find that adding tobacco to candy is now illegal, as is candy- and fruit-flavored cigarettes.

    But a ban on candy cigarettes? I’m going to have to call shenanigans. Evens the Consumerist post you linked to doesn’t say that candy cigarettes will be banned.

    • kidincredible says:

      This. This reeks of lack of fact finding.

    • nova3930 says:

      My understanding is that it bans adding fruit flavors to tobacco, no the chalky stick candy we all ate as kids…

    • Billy says:

      Consumerist is the only website reporting this. Probably because it’s not true.

    • bigmil87 says:

      I don’t see how you can’t see the link. Here I’ll post it for you


      • Nathan Oliver says:

        Thanks for posting the link again, but I read it both times, and I’m with TCama on this one. I’ve seen indications that candy-flavored ciggarettes are now illegal, but nothing about candy cigarettes, which was the thrust of Meg’s post.

        In case you don’t catch the distinction:
        candy-flavored cigarettes are cigarettes, with candy (or flavoring) added to them
        candy cigarettes are candy that look like cigarettes

  24. aka_mich says:

    I used to buy those packages of candy cigarettes every flippin day when I was a kid and I have yet to smoke a real cigarette in the almost 28 years I’ve been on this planet.

  25. sgtyukon says:

    Well, if candy cigarettes encourage smoking, I hope they don’t ban candy kisses.

    • dolemite says:

      You should see what else is on the banned list for being indecent in our day of puritan government:

      1. Tossed salads.
      2. Ding Dongs.
      3. Root Beer.

  26. PanCake BuTT says:

    I can see it now, underground ciggie smuggling rings will form around the country. They’re still legal in el Mexico & Canada, ey!

    Maybe some states will open up a medical candy cigg dispensary, with a doctors note of course, you can get your fix on.

  27. Anathema777 says:

    As far as I know, candy-flavored cigarettes are banned, not candy cigarettes.

  28. diasdiem says:

    Boo! What’s next, banning Big League Chew?

  29. NarcolepticGirl says:

    I thought they banned flavored cigarettes last year?
    Hence why my Djarum cloves (yeah, kids LOVE that flavor and I’m sure they could afford them, too /sarcasm) have been discontinued and now replaced with a less flavorful “cigar cigarette”.

    What surprised me is that all the stores still carry flavored (grape, apple) papers/cigars.

    The whole thing is pretty much bullshit. All these nanny laws are ridiculous and hardly make sense.

  30. jwrose says:

    aww.. I guess I’ll just have to start buying the real thing.

  31. wright.aaron says:

    What is the source for this? The OP is referencing the Family Smoking Prevention and Control Act but the act says NOTHING about candy cigarettes, only flavoured cigarettes. RTFA OP.

  32. Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

    I was just reminiscing about these yesterday, telling my younguns about them. The wax lips were my favorite though and the Big Nickel, what a bargain. I never have, or will, smoke.

  33. mythago says:

    The tobacco companies quietly encouraged candy cigarettes because, yes, they encourage kids to see smoking as normal. People who don’t start smoking when they’re young and dumb will never smart.

    “Well but I had them and never smoked” – nostalgia is not data.

  34. El_Fez says:

    What? That sucks! I loved my candy fags, completely with fake sugar inside the wrapper so you could “puff” once or twice.

    Man, fuck the government!

    • Anathema777 says:

      Well don’t worry. They aren’t actually banned. The Consumerist is misreading the act to which they refer.

  35. Mr. Ree says:

    I hope they don’t ban candy flavored panties next. If so, does that mean that I won’t be allowed to……

  36. He says:

    Common sense would allow them to be sold to people over 18 with ID. But still, what’s your source? The FDA site seems to say only candy cigarettes with actual tobacco in them are banned.

  37. Trilby says:

    Ban them? That’s stupid. They should slap a hefty tax on them!

  38. Chris J. Stone says:

    It was yesterday, and even the Consumerist article you linked to says “Here are the […] rules that are scheduled to go into effect on June 22.”

    I don’t know if many major retailers sell flavored (excl. menthol) cigarettes though. And the major distributors don’t make any. In fact, the biggest thing the FSPTCA does that consumers will notice instantly is the fact that no promotional materials may use words like “Light,” “Mild,” “Medium,” “Smooth,” etc. New cigarette labels aren’t allowed to use these words either, but stores don’t have to destroy the ones that do, so if you see a store selling Marlboro Lights (as opposed to a Marlboro [Gold Pack]), for example, it simply means they aren’t done cycling through their old inventory yet.

  39. jimmyhl says:

    I suppose rubber dog toy hamburgers will be next.

  40. Southern says:

    I believe some date checking is in order here..

    This law (HR 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act) was actually signed into law on June 22, *2009*.


    The sale of candy & fruit flavored cigarettes has been illegal since September 22nd, 2009.

    Today is the 1 year anniversary of the bill.

    Even the FDA press release, http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm183211.htm is dated June 22nd, *2009*.

    Did I miss something?

  41. backinpgh says:

    Are you sure you guys have this right?

  42. wright.aaron says:

    I appreciate the article being renamed, but I don’t even think this post is correct about new rules going into effect today. I’ve found the date June 22, 2009 but I’ve read nothing about June, 22 2010 anywhere else.

  43. Suisei says:

    Hmm. I was not allowed to purchase these candy cigarettes as a child because I was told that next, I would want the real things. Anyway, I seem to recall there were some versions that you could blow out a powder that simulated smoke? I could be totally incorrect, as my memory is very foggy with these things. I was the child that was always given the wax lips. I stopped eating those too when I found out the hard way that you weren’t supposed to swallow the wax…

  44. LastError says:

    Wha??? They’re not candy or fruit-flavored cigarettes. Is there such a thing? Does Marlboro make a cigarette that tastes like candy? I don’t think so.

    The things they are banning are candy that LOOKS something like a cigarette. Sort of. If you have never seen a real one.

    Sounds like a first amendment thing to me. How is this OK to ban?

  45. Xeos says:

    change package to say “candy sticks” done.

  46. Chris J. Stone says:

    You changed the name so that it says “flavored,” however it still says “as of today.”

  47. sheriadoc says:

    Awww, I remember eating these growing up! I loved the gum variety that when you blew on them let out a small chalky cloud. When I was in middle school a friend and I used to puff on them as we rode our bikes. We got a lot of stares.

    But, for the record, I don’t smoke cigarettes and never have.

  48. JasonR says:

    Man – this place is getting like Slashdot… never mind reading the article – it’s more fun to talk about it without any particular knowledge!

    Yes – there is a federal ban on flavored cigarettes other than menthol. The legislation was supported by big tobacco so that they could look like the good guys while actually getting rid of their competition from Indonesia.

    A time relevant article would be this one:
    http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-49542320100622 which starts, “The United States rejected on Tuesday [June 22, 2010] a call by Indonesia for a World Trade Organization panel to rule on their dispute over the U.S. ban on clove-flavoured cigarettes.”

  49. thisistobehelpful says:

    Can’t we just go back to traditional family values like beating your wife and children? Or selling the kids to work houses. Leaving them on church doorsteps? Using your daughters as poker chips? You know, the good old days.

    “Family Smoking Prevention and Control Act”

    Fuck off and let people be stupid. Tobacco smells like ass and tastes horrible even through other people’s kisses whether or not you throw in some skittles. Kids learn this crap from their parents and peers, not because it comes in strawberry.

  50. Incident8 says:

    I quit smoking several years ago so I have no dog in this hunt but I gotta say that this is simply ridiculous. Only an adult can legally purchase cigarettes, therefore it is an adult choice to have flavored cigarettes. So whats next. All the neat bottles and flavors of liquor are going to be banned because they might make kids want them??

  51. frosteternal says:

    This is just the stupidest ban ever. Kids don’t start smoking “flavoured cigarettes” – unless you count the ultimate “gateway cigarette”, menthol-flavoured. Interestingly, menthol was not included in the ban.
    More government stupidity.

  52. packcamera says:

    I could have sworn that these things were banned a decade ago following the federal tobacco lawsuits… shows how much time I spend candy shopping.

  53. Pax says:

    Huzzah! Another glorious victory for the Nanny State!


  54. Levk says:

    This sucks I liked my candy Cigs and Bubblegum ones I will miss them, man I should take up real smoking since the candy cigs are not around anymore…

  55. Toffeemama is looking for a few good Otters says:

    Actually, I credit candy cigs for making me never want to smoke in my life. I had them once as a kid, and they made me throw up. Never had the desire to smoke after that.

  56. agent211 says:

    RTFA… It’s not banning candy cigarettes, it’s banning candy and fruit flavored cigarettes.

    According to the act

    …a cigarette or any of its component parts (including the tobacco, filter, or paper) shall not contain, as a constituent (including a smoke constituent) or additive, an artificial or natural flavor (other than tobacco or menthol) or an herb or spice, including strawberry, grape, orange, clove, cinnamon, pineapple, vanilla, coconut, licorice, cocoa, chocolate, cherry, or coffee, that is a characterizing flavor of the tobacco product or tobacco smoke

  57. Dave on bass says:

    Apparently, too many commenters here think the ban is on candy cigarettes. It’s not; it’s on real cigarettes with candy and fruit flavors.

    My girlfriend and I are very occasional smokers (if I bought a pack it’d last me a couple months), and her cigs of choice are cherry-flavored. She’s not happy with this whole thing.

    • Anathema777 says:

      They think that because that’s what Consumerist originally reported. When others pointed out the error, Consumerist edited without noting that they did so.

  58. Bye says:

    Not many people read for content ’round here no-mo’.

    • zrecs says:

      The post has been edited and the change has not been noted. That is why you see many comments alluding to statements that are no longer in the post.

  59. UrIt says:

    that stuff was awesome! JERKS!
    i used to drive to Pennsylvania to get them along with my fireworks

  60. donopolis says:

    Crafty Crafty lawmakers….They managed to pass a law for the anti-smoking crowd…that benefits the big tobacco companies…these fruit flavored tobaccos were becoming a very popular treat with the Black American Communities….causing a dip in sales of Menthol ciggarettes which have somehow not been included with

  61. jessjj347 says:

    I really don’t think this is referring to candy that resembles cigarettes…it’s referring to actual cigarettes that have flavors such as a peach cigar.

  62. YarpVark says:


    The only real candy-flavoring for cigarettes is menthol. Which is exempt.

    Its a completely bs law to make the FDA look like they are being useful.

  63. archieleach says:

    Any response to the criticism from The Big Money? http://www.thebigmoney.com/blogs/daily-bread/2010/06/23/candy-cigarettes-finally-banned?page=full “The Consumerist Gets It Wrong on Candy Cigarettes”

  64. Galium says:

    All of these rules go too far. When are they going to ban the word smoking from the dictionary? Funny they see no problem with non alcoholic beer, and other children facade products. God save us from the people who know how we should live.