Treat or Trick! It has an entirely different meaning, depending on the age of the person. If you are a kid, Halloween is probably the second biggest holiday, after Christmas of course, that you look forward to all year. What other time of year do you get to plan a costume, dress up, and ask strangers for candy all with the permission of your parents? On the other hand, Halloween for adults can be an expensive proposition. Have you seen the price of candy lately? It’s scary!
Another thing that is scary is the way Big Tobacco is making an addictive product look like candy. We know our kids go for the bright candy wrappers and the fruit flavors. Big Tobacco knows this too and they are making their products look and even taste like candy, like the products pictured on the right.
Many kids think flavored cigars and smokeless tobacco products are safer than regular cigarettes. All tobacco products contain nicotine. It doesn’t matter whether you inhale or not while smoking a cigar, or whether you use smokeless tobacco, the nicotine is still absorbed through the lining of the mouth. Cigar smoke also contains higher levels of cancer-causing chemicals and contains more tar than cigarettes. The smoker and those around him or her are also exposed to carbon monoxide, ammonia, cadmium, hydrocarbons and other substances, according to National Cancer Institute.
New smokeless tobacco products, like Snus, may make tobacco use easier to hide because you don’t spit out the juices. But don’t let that trick you into thinking it is harmless. Both the new-style spitless tobacco and the old-fashioned smokeless tobacco contain a potent oral cancer-causing chemical, (S)-NNN. And according to the National Cancer Institute, smokeless tobacco also contains at least 28 other chemicals that cause cancer.
Halloween may be scary, but Big Tobacco is even scarier. Don’t let them trick you into getting hooked on their products.