Remember candy cigarettes? Not sure whether the government told them to knock it off, or whether they eventually felt some heat from the public. Here's a new twist.
I like to make jerky, so this is personal. Jack Link's also makes jerky -- in larger quantities. And it's pretty good, as far as mass produced stuff goes. Well, the dipshits at Jack Link's found a way to promote their shredded beef jerky by usuing containers that are very similar to chewing tobacco. In fact, they call it "Jerky Chew."
It's pretty clear that smokeless tobacco leads to cancer and addiction. 25% of young users start by the 6th grade. Here's one study by the University of Minnessota. Everytime I see a teenager proudly supporting the telltale circle on his rear jean pocket I wonder about his situation forty years from now.
So the board of directors at Jack Link's took a nice, relatively healthy product that's efficiently produced and affordable, and merge their marketing strategy with . . . . a product that kills people.