This ain’t your mom’s candy cigarettes. The newest craze among school children in Shaanxi province is a ‘white powder’ candy that is ‘smoked’, according to reports, and experts are saying that it could put children on the path to smoking or drug use.
The candy called Moyan, or “magic smoke”, is popular among primary school-aged children in Shaanxi province’s Yulin City. It is a sugary white powder that is sucked in through a straw “resembling a cigarette” and creates a smoke-like effect in the mouth.
The effect is similar to taking drugs, said a reporter for Chinese Business View who has obviously never taken drugs before.
“Psychologist He Peirong said children buying magic smoke will form an idea that smoking cigarettes and taking drugs pose no harm,” Shanghai Daily reported.
He was quoted as saying that children at this age are especially influential and have a strong tendency to imitate.
“But at that age they also have difficulty telling right from wrong. Once they acquire bad habits, their life will be impacted”.
The owner of a local grocer in Yulin said that he has sold as much as 40 packs of the candy in one day at .5 yuan (8 US cent) each.
The manufacturing company Haoliyuan Food Co, said the design was just a way to promote the product.
“I feel as though my children are taking drugs,” one mother told reports.
Let’s face it, mom, considering the fact that nine out of ten Chinese children can identify cigarette logos and that China makes up a fourth of the world’s population of smokers, candy drugs are probably not going to be the ultimate gateway.
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