Lollipipes Not A Hit With Some Spokane Residents
Remember when candy cigarettes were right next to the gum and jelly beans? Cool, right? Those have long since disappeared from our shelves, seen as socially unacceptable now. But move over candy cigarettes, there’s a new controversial candy in town: The lollipipe.
The lollipipe sells for about $3.50 and comes with a plastic tube — the company selling them says the tube is so you don’t get your lips sticky while you smoke — and a bag so you can reuse it over and over again.
Not everyone is amused with the emergence of the candy pipe.
“Oh no. I have three kids in the car. I wouldn’t want them to see this,” Kearney Paine said.
The lollipipe is sold as an “adult novelty toy” but right on the counter, within everyone’s reach. Right now they’re available at a few stores across the Spokane area.
“This is candy? This is ridiculous,” Jackie Valdez said.” Every kid is thinking they can get high with mommy and daddy now.”
“I’m surprised they don’t give them little pieces of crack in here,” Don Fisher said.
Already in indiana, they’ve been banned from 7-Eleven stores. Even so, the lollipipe does have its share of fans.
“I think it should be sold but as long as you keep it away from kids and stuff like that, but yeah I like it,” Damario Daniels said.
In a statement from the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council, they reported they have been getting complaints about the candy pipes for a week now. The statement went on to say:
?Late this week outraged Community Coalition members started to call and email the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council (GSSAC) about the candy pipes. Concerned parents, social services professionals and prevention advocates are concerned that the children of the Spokane region are being targeted by this inappropriate candy product.We know that one of the prime risk factors that put our youth at risk for problem behaviors such as substance abuse and violence is ?Community Laws and Norms favorable toward drug use, firearms and crime? (From the Hawkins and Catalano Communities that Care model). It is up to every person, organization and business to support our children and youth in positive decision making by helping to set Healthy beliefs and clear standards?Protective Factors from the CTC Model.When a convenience store sells candy that basically says ?it is okay (or even worse ?funny? as happened at one store when asked about it) for children to smoke pipes/drugs? that erodes the work that parents, educators, prevention, treatment, and law/justice along with the community at large are doing together to support a healthy living environment for the children and youth of community.We are asking any business who is selling these candies to pull them from their shelves and step up to be part of our positive/prevention works community. Every child and youth in the Spokane Region deserves that.?
The GSSAC is calling local stores now to ask them to pull the lollipipes from their shelves immediately.