Finns mull ban on candy cigarettes

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- Finland's government is considering a ban on candy cigarettes and licorice pipes to discourage young people from smoking the real thing.

The Health Ministry received a study Thursday that proposes outlawing sales of candy in the shape of tobacco products. Ireland banned candy cigarettes in 2007.

The Finnish proposals also suggest banning chewing tobacco and snuff completely and making it illegal for adults to buy tobacco products for people under 18. Currently, only those selling such products to minors can be prosecuted.

The proposal needs to be approved by both the Cabinet and Parliament to take effect.

Like many European countries, Finland bans smoking in public places.

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