Minnesota city smoking mad about vintage soda shop's candy cigarettes12/27/2012
A soda shop in St. Paul, Minn., is facing fines and even misdemeanor charges after being reported to the city's Safety and Inspections Department for selling cigarettes. No, not Marlboros and menthols — or even those electronic versions — but candy ciggies in vintage-looking cardboard cartons. The candies were the throwback-themed shop's best seller, and owner Tobi Lynden says they were mainly bought by nostalgic adults who remembered buying them when they were kids. "We weren't trying to promote smoking or tobacco use of any kind," Lynden said. She later added: "The whole thing is pretty weird." Candy cigarettes and even cartoon character lighters were outlawed by the city in 2009. [Source]
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