The owners of Lynden's Soda Fountain, an old fashioned candy store in St. Paul, Minnesota, have been warned by city inspectors to stop selling candy cigarettes, or face a misdemeanor citation and $500 fine.
The candy cigarettes violated an ordinance barring the sale of candy smokes and cartoon character lighters, reports The Star Tribune.
The candy ban was created to discourage youngsters from picking up a real smoking habit, even though kids are not allowed to buy tobacco products.
Shop owner Tobi Lynden (pictured) says the candy cigarettes were her best-selling item.
Lynden tweeted on December 19: "We got busted by the City of St. Paul. Oops."