Last Updated: June 28, 2010
Topic: Imitation Tobacco Products
Overview: Occasionally it is suggested that one way to reduce the use of tobacco products is to discourage the production of imitation tobacco candy products.
The candy sticks segment of the confectionery category represents a very small portion of the overall market in terms of both production and sales. The manufacturers of these candy sticks in the United States have taken extra precautions to not be connected with the adult world of tobacco by renaming their products and also by discontinuing the use of brand licensing. Additionally, there are some candy products used as substitutes for actual tobacco products, such as bubble gum alternatives to chewing tobacco and chocolate or gum cigars that parents of newborns give to excited family members and friends.
The National Confectioners Association understands and supports the desire to reduce the use of tobacco products, especially by children. Toward that end, in 2009 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a ban on cigarettes with flavors characterizing fruit, candy, or clove. The ban does not, however, apply to any candy products, including candy sticks. Several news articles incorrectly reported that this ban does in fact apply to candy product, although some later printed corrections, such as this story on Gawker. See Candy and Snack Today's article about the misinformation surrounding FDA's ban.