Lollies that look like cigarettes are corrupting New Zealand children, Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia says.
"I am appalled that we continue to sell lollies shaped as cigarettes and I certainly do not condone these products," she told the New Zealand Herald.
Mock cigarettes are prohibited in Canada, Britain, Finland, Norway, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
But it's not illegal to sell the local Spaceman candy sticks or American brands of bubble gum packaged to look like a cigarette with a filter in New Zealand.
Auckland University tobacco control researcher Dr Natalie Walker told the NZ Herald that her son had found the American products in a sweet shop.
She thought they had been banned and raised the matter with the Auckland Regional Public Health Service.
Her comments have prompted Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) to renew calls for the government to ban the lollies when they pass legislation forcing tobacco products into plain packaging.
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira has joined in condemnation of the products.
"It's one way of getting young people connected to cigarettes. Any marketing of cigarettes or cigarette-similar products to children is a bad step and should be stopped as soon as possible," he said.
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