Lloyd Burr: Are liquid lolly sprays a gateway to vaping?
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Lloyd Burr: Are liquid lolly sprays a gateway to vaping?

OPINION: I'm too old to remember liquid lollies. 

They were never on sale in dairies when I was a kid going into the Te Puna Four Square for a treat. 

For those like me, liquid lollies are tubes of flavoured sugar water that you spray into your mouth. 

My producer Linzi Dryburgh brought one of these into the office today. 

It's called a 'Twin Snake Spray' and features two tubes of flavours - blueberry and strawberry - twisted around one another. 

Lloyd Burr: Are liquid lolly sprays a gateway to vaping?

It costs around $4. 

You can spray them into your mouth individually or together to get a hit of the sweet and sour mist. 

One of my first thoughts was 'is this a kiddy vape?'. Is this a gateway to vaping? 

Is this the modern-day version of those Spacemen stick lollies that kids used to pretend to smoke? 

Lloyd Burr: Are liquid lolly sprays a gateway to vaping?

Some will call me woke, some will say I'm Helen Clark reincarnate, but the mist from these liquid lollies tastes a lot like the vapour that comes from vape devices. 

It's sweet, smells nice, and is moreish. 

Whether intentional or not, the manufacturers of liquid lollies may be setting up another generation to step stone from lollies to a vice. 

It used to be Spacemen Sticks to cigarettes. 

Now it could be liquid lolly spray mist to vaping. 

Should we let the market decide? 

Do we let parents decide? 

Or should we get Parliament to make the call for us?