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Alarming Trend: Kids Literally Smoking CANDY
WCBSTV.com via Drudge Report ^ | Apr 11, 2009 7:50 am US/Eastern | Christine Johnson - Reporting

Posted on 04/11/2009 9:45:16 AM PDT by thecodont

NEW YORK (CBS) ―

It Sounds Bizarre, But Just Take A Look On YouTube And You'll See It's Very Real -- And Very Dangerous

It's taking place in lunchrooms, playgrounds and classrooms across the tri-state area.

It may even be happening in your own home -- kids smoking candy.

But doctors and safety experts say this new trend isn't so sweet.

Every so often, 18-year-old Jeremy Froncek says he sneaks a smoke.

"Around the house, ya know, outside of work," Froncek said.

But he's not puffing on cigarettes. He's "smoking" candy.

It sounds bizarre -- even impossible. But kids grind up pieces of candy -- like "Smarties" – and they actually inhale the fine candy powder then blow it out like cigarette smoke.

(Excerpt) Read more at wcbstv.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: candy; children; drugs

1 posted on 04/11/2009 9:45:16 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

So how many dozens of times has this story been posted on FR?


2 posted on 04/11/2009 9:46:27 AM PDT by sionnsar ((Iran Azadi | 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | "Also sprach Telethustra" - NonValueAdded)
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To: thecodont

wouldn’t smoking grass clippings be closer to tabacco?

kids have been trying to smoke stuff for ages


3 posted on 04/11/2009 9:49:50 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: sionnsar

Sorry, I did a keyword search and nothing like this came up. Apologies if this is a repost of an old story.


4 posted on 04/11/2009 9:50:16 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: nuconvert

Yep, like corn silk down on the farm.


5 posted on 04/11/2009 9:53:12 AM PDT by Jagdgewehr (One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard. One faithful harp shall praise thee.)
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To: thecodont
Sorry, I did a keyword search and nothing like this came up. Apologies if this is a repost of an old story.

I did a search and can't find it posted, and I have not seen this story before. Thanks for posting it.

6 posted on 04/11/2009 9:53:13 AM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter(the Godfather of Terror) allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: thecodont

What idiot thought that one up? Of course, those who followed in the idiot’s lead are idiots themselves.


7 posted on 04/11/2009 9:53:41 AM PDT by Pinkbell
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To: thecodont

Excerpt:

But doctors warn this is dangerous. Mark Shikowitz, a Long Island ear nose and throat specialist, treated a 9-year-old who had pieces of candy lodged in his nose.

“He told his parents that he felt his nose was burning,” Dr. Shikowitz said.

The candy eventually dissolved, but Shikowitz said kids could also accidentally inhale the fine powder down the wrong pipe.

“That irritation can cause you to cough, can cause you to laryngospasm, which is your voice box spasming and closing,” Shikowitz said.

If the sugar sits in the lungs or in the nasal cavity for a prolonged period of time it could cause an infection.

“Any time you have a substance such as sugar in these areas, which are moist, it creates a terrific growth medium for bacteria,” Shikowitz said.

Experts also worry that this trend could spark interest in real cigarettes or illegal drugs.

The company that manufactures Smarties said it “regrets that a negative message of this type has been sent to young people.”


WHen kids are in self destruct mode there isn’t much you can do about that.


8 posted on 04/11/2009 9:54:18 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: nuconvert

Yeah, I’d keep raisins in the side of my mouth or buy a Dubble Bubble and a jawbreaker to convince my friends I was chewing tobacco (like the big leaguers did)


9 posted on 04/11/2009 9:54:52 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: thecodont

Sorry but this one doesn’t worry me a great deal. It obviously isn’t good for them but I don’t see an addiction growing out of this. They’ll do it a few times and the novelty will wear off.

Lord knows I probably inhaled plenty of sugar as a kid.


10 posted on 04/11/2009 9:54:55 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: thecodont

I had never seen this story before, and I log on to FR every day. Thanks for posting it.


11 posted on 04/11/2009 9:54:59 AM PDT by Nea Wood (Silly liberal . . . paychecks are for workers!)
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To: thecodont

It sure is cheaper than tobacco, until Obama finds out and megataxes it to death.


12 posted on 04/11/2009 9:55:16 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Satisfaction was my sin)
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To: nmh

I remember in the olden days, when candy cigarettes were available. Packaged to look like real cigarettes, they were white wintergreen-flavored sticks with a red tip.


13 posted on 04/11/2009 9:56:03 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont
Don't apologize.

I’m glad you posted this. IF it was posted, I missed it.

THANK YOU!

I will spread the word to other parents. I doubt that these kids are doing this but it's best to be on the safe side.

IGNORE idiots that try to stifle information that protects kids.

14 posted on 04/11/2009 9:56:19 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: thecodont
It may even be happening in your own home -- kids smoking candy.

Have you seen how much smokes cost? Kids are just adapting.

15 posted on 04/11/2009 9:56:19 AM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: sionnsar

“So how many dozens of times has this story been posted on FR?”

Get a life!

Some posting SHOULD be repeated a few times.

I’m glad he posted it.


16 posted on 04/11/2009 9:57:05 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: thecodont

This is one I ha not heard before, but it makes sense. Kids are pretty creative, and something like this would seem harmless and not illegal, like drugs.


17 posted on 04/11/2009 9:57:45 AM PDT by Peanut Gallery (The essence of freedom is the proper limitation of government.)
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To: thecodont

When I was a kid they used to sell white cigarette-shaped candy sticks with a red tip in a box that looked like Lucky Strikes (a then-big selling cigraette brand). Don’t know how much harm it did.


18 posted on 04/11/2009 10:00:59 AM PDT by EDINVA ( A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul -- G. B. Shaw)
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To: EDINVA

I had Tonka trucks MADE OUT OF METAL!!!!!!!!!!!


19 posted on 04/11/2009 10:02:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: thecodont
Oh for Pete's sake. Get over it you ninnies. We had these when I was a kid and they weren't even a particularly good candy. But if they keep throwing hissy fits about them, cigarette candy will soon be all the rage.

Why oh why did civilization not collapse 40 years ago, when kids had candy cigarettes, drew pictures of guns, straightened out sissy boys on the playground before it became a problem in their life, and engaged in games of competition where the winners felt good and the losers went home crying, but determined to win next time.

The nannies and the ninnies and the government mommies are ruining this great nation.

20 posted on 04/11/2009 10:02:54 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (Reagan is back, and this time he's a woman.)
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To: thecodont

I used to get those. I lit mine. With a zippo. There were cigars too. I liked those better.


21 posted on 04/11/2009 10:03:38 AM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: thecodont

“I remember in the olden days, when candy cigarettes were available. Packaged to look like real cigarettes, they were white wintergreen-flavored sticks with a red tip.”

I do too!

You can still get them on the internet.

http://www.oldtimecandy.com/candy-cigarettes.htm

They have all kinds of old fashioned candy that you don’t see in stores anymore.


22 posted on 04/11/2009 10:07:16 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: nmh

Free Republic — where no scare is too silly to be withheld.


23 posted on 04/11/2009 10:08:26 AM PDT by sionnsar ((Iran Azadi | 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | "Also sprach Telethustra" - NonValueAdded)
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To: thecodont

Kids in Cuba aren’t even allowed one packet of granulated sugar unless they have permission from “management.” So there.


24 posted on 04/11/2009 10:10:05 AM PDT by ponygirl
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To: nuconvert
“wouldn’t smoking grass clippings be closer to tabacco?

kids have been trying to smoke stuff for ages”

Pine needles rolled in toilet paper, called a bum waddo.
Not that I have ever tried it. What about snorting Pixi Stix?

25 posted on 04/11/2009 10:16:43 AM PDT by mickey finn
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To: sionnsar

In other news, Children have been found to be making faces and crossing their eyes. Frantic parents fear they will stay that way.

Next week:

Potatoes growing behind dirty ears. Fact or fiction?


26 posted on 04/11/2009 10:19:12 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: cripplecreek
NOW I am concerned!

Will those potatoes be edible?

27 posted on 04/11/2009 10:22:10 AM PDT by sionnsar ((Iran Azadi | 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | "Also sprach Telethustra" - NonValueAdded)
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To: nuconvert; thecodont

Yes, and didn’t the hippies smoke banana peels back in the ‘60s?


28 posted on 04/11/2009 11:02:50 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (There are no points for second place.)
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To: thecodont

As an avid cigar smoker, I’ll admit it started with a Baby Ruth bar.

But seriously...Want a sure way to get kids to DO something, tell them not to.


29 posted on 04/11/2009 11:09:24 AM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: cripplecreek

I suspect I have a FEW years on you !


30 posted on 04/11/2009 5:14:23 PM PDT by EDINVA ( A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul -- G. B. Shaw)
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