Sweet deal

It’s common knowledge that tobacco companies have kids in their crosshairs, attempting to hook them for life.  But this is just sick:  fruit and candy flavored cigarettes.  Oh, they’re supposedly only for adults…I mean, why would any kid want something fruity and candy-like?  Absurd!

Public health officials place a lot of blame on the nation’s cigarette companies. And at least four states are weighing whether to take legal action in an attempt to stop the companies from making flavored cigarettes with names such as “Beach Breezer,” “Kuai Kolada,” “Midnight Madness” and “Twista Lime.”

“Right now I’m smoking Camel Exotic Blends, Mandarin Mints,” said one high school smoker. “They are almost like candy. It appeals to kids.”

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, along with his counterparts in at least three other states, is preparing for a possible court case — accusing the makers of flavored cigarettes of targeting children.

“You get them addicted because they are attracted to this candy-flavored cigarette,” Spitzer said. “You have them for the next 40 years.”

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