C-store Update - Availability of Little Cigars or Are They Cigarettes..

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February 1, 2009 - Standalone (floor) display of Cheyenne Little Cigars made by Cheyenne International of Grove, N.C.. They come in packaging identical to a cigarettes and are identical to a cigarette. However, the price is quite different - a carton (identical to a carton of cigarettes) is $8.99 ($.99/pack) compared to a carton of Marlboro Lights at $30.00 ($3.65/pack).

The cigars come in numerous flavors kids would like such as grape, peach, vanilla, wild cherry, xotic berry. Click here - notice the cigar display is next to a displays of Hershey candy bars and baseball caps - a kid would think it's normal to have a tobacco product along with these other items. Federal regulations, that should have been changed by now, allow the maker to sell them as cigars allowing them to evade marketing restrictions and higher taxes that apply to cigarettes - increasing youth access with the lower price and all the variety of flavors (a kid may even start associating the flavored cigars with candy bars.)

Cheyenne International is not the only company producing little cigars. There are several brands of little cigars here's just a sampling - various flavors.

A few related news briefs: Ontario to outlaw candy flavored cigars..; Canada: a bill introduced to snuff out drive to recruit young smokers..; Baltimore, MD bans inexpensive single cigar sales..; Ohio youth are using cigars and smokeless tobacco products and it is a continuously growing problem...

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November 16, 2011 at 9:14 AM

You have got to be kidding me. If restricting the rights of kids in school to never even think about alcohol or tobacco wasn't enough, maybe you should learn the concept of Civil Liberties. Stop being a bunch of little babies with your pathetic attempt at this tobacco-free nanny-state utopia. Instead of trying to restrict the rights of adult smokers by various retarded means, such as forcing us to pay more for a law that WON'T EVEN DO ANYTHING TO FURTHER YOUR DUMB IDEAS, why don't you instead focus your energy on educating your own children about tobacco. If you cant do that, go teach people the dangers of tobacco, don't walk around saying we need higher tax stamps and more bans. You're what fuels tyranny.