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Thursday, November 24, 2005


The EU wants to outlaw any "sweet poison" in cigarettes, according to Der Spiegel. Various attractive flavourings which disguise the rebarbative taste of tobacco are used by cigarette makers to get young people over their initial distaste and smoke that cigarette. These include menthol, honey and cinnamon.

It might be a good idea. But why not just market cinnamon cigarettes that have no tobacco in them? Then people with a sweet tooth could get hooked on those. Or why not (if the idea is to be a nuisance and make people do something) have cigarette manufactures include some vitamin supplement in their product? To sort of offset the harm done by smoking?

These two ideas together would make everyone happy and be simpler to implement. So let us forget about them.


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