Special Delivery

Seen this morning at Staples High School:

Electronic cigarettes

I’m dumbfounded.

Click “Comments” below if you have any clue.

30 responses to “Special Delivery

  1. Matthew Mandell

    It can’t be what it seems. I’m betting the trailer is used as ad space. Note the other 800 number further up and on the cab.

  2. It’s just an ad. Like a bus if you will.

  3. Joanne Romano

    What the hell is that? Instead of banning cigs and letting t h e kids take the consequences of disobeying the rules they will sell e-cigs???? Really? Someone want to step up to the plate here?

  4. Sandy Soennichsen

    Maybe they were asked to come in and show how e cigs are made and maybe some of the benefits if used properly

  5. Robert Mitchell

    The truck is owned by a company that, among other things, distributes tobacco products. It is exactly what it looks like, an electronic cigarette distributor, so why is it there?

  6. Suzanne Raboy

    I don’t have a clue. But I do feel compelled to say YIKES!!

  7. we had this happen in Wilton too. Ended up being Chartwells the cafeteria supplier. We requested they no longer delivered in that truck at the high school again.

  8. J. Polep is a distribution company. Founded over 100 years ago, ironically as Polep Tobacco Company! They still distribute cigarettes so I guess Logic is part revenue part homage to their roots.

  9. Bottom line, its just another truck delivering something. Would it be better to have liquor or beer ads on the side? Hey, the kids know what’s going on. Give it a rest folks and enjoy your holidays.

    • Joanne Romano

      It is a legitimate concern.. we were allowed to smoke on campus when I went to Staples and I often wonder if we weren’t would it have taken me all these years to quit? 49 to be exact. So yes it is a concern because it could happen again. But this time to our grandkids.

  10. I would like it better if there was truth in the advertising. It should say- “Illogic” a great way to get a cough right away and, premature wrinkles or cancer in 20 to 40 yuears!!

  11. Wondering if this will be another of Mr. Boyd’s “Chet and Steve” stories?

  12. I am so glad someone posted this. It is OUTRAGEOUS!!! This is not the first time this truck has been delivering goods to the cafeteria or supplies at Staples. The first time I saw it I wanted to complain to the administration that this is exactly the target audience that they are appealing to. Take a look at this report that CNN did back in April.
    Report: E-cigarettes appealing to kids
    Posted by
    CNN Capitol Hill reporter Lisa Desjardins
    Washington (CNN) – Redeploying a major argument from the battle over traditional cigarettes, a dozen Democratic members of Congress released a report on Monday concluding that electronic cigarettes “aggressively (promote) their products by using techniques and venues that appeal to youth” and should be strictly regulated like the non-electronic versions.

    “E-cigarette manufactures don’t have to play by the same rules (as traditional cigarette makers),” said Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California, one of the leaders behind the investigation.

    “E-cigarette makers are free to sponsor youth-oriented events and produce flavors that appeal to kids. And that is exactly what’s happening,” Waxman told reporters on a conference call.

    Currently, e-cigarette companies face no federal limits on how they can advertise or market their products. Twenty-eight states restrict the age of purchase for e-cigarettes and a few companies have self-imposed limits, but otherwise the marketplace is wide open.

    With this report, the 12 Democrats involved are trying to build pressure on the Food & Drug Administration to “deem” that e-cigarettes be regulated like conventional smokes and therefore face the same strict limits on advertising and sales.

    To make the case for tougher regulation, the Congressional report listed several e-cigarette marketing approaches:

    · Companies offer dozens of sweet flavored e-cigarettes, including tastes like “Iced Berry” and “Peachy Keen,” which the lawmakers say appeal to children.

    · Celebrities who appeal to young people, including singer Chris Brown and actor Robert Pattison, have been paid to be seen with the devices.

    · E-cigarette makers have either sponsored or given away their product at hundreds of kid-friendly events, including baseball games and one day at a Six Flags amusement park. Though, scanning the list, the majority of events cited in the report seemed to be at bars, large concerts and music festivals, which may be geared toward adults.

    The evidence was enough for the lawmakers.

    “(This report) makes it clear the e-cigarette companies… have made a determined effort… to lure children into this nicotine addiction,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, the other leading sponsor of the report.

    “It’s time for the FDA to step up.”

    Durbin also cited statistics from the Centers for Disease Control showing a rise in e-cigarette use, from 4.7% of all high school students in 2012 to 10% in 2013.

    In a sign of how the landscape has changed, the e-cigarette industry partially agrees.

    “We agree with a number of the report’s recommendations,” said David Sylvia, speaking for Altria, which owns Philip Morris and sells the MarkTen e-cigarette, “including the FDA asserting regulatory authority over these products and all other tobacco products not yet regulated by the agency.”

    Sylvia, who is Altria’s spokesman, stresses that the company wants an age limit on e-cigarette sales and does not advertise on TV now. Those are widely-held stances in the industry.

    “Electronic cigarettes and vaporizing products are not for children,” wrote Phil Daan, president of the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association. “They should be available to consumers of legal age.”

    As for the flavors that opponents say mimic candy, Daman insists they are targeted to adults.

    “Flavors are very common, and increasingly popular, in many adult product categories, including coffee, liqueurs, and other forms of beverage alcohol,” he said.

    A spokesman for R.J. Reynold’s Vapor Company told CNN their corporation similarly does not want to sell e-cigarettes to children and wants sales limited by age.

    But while the industry is on board with age restrictions, e-cigarette makers strongly oppose a sweeping decision to group them with traditional cigarettes in general.

    “It’s important that they consider e-cigarettes as e-cigarettes, not just take the regulations for convention cigarettes and put them on top of it,” Sylvia said.

    Much is still unknown about the effects of e-cigarettes.

    Research has been limited so far. There is an open debate over whether the products help smokers move away from traditional cigarettes, which contain different combinations of chemicals, or if the electronic devices encourage nicotine addiction and are a gateway to other cigarettes.

    It is not clear when the FDA will announce a decision on e-cigarette regulation.

    The 12 Democrats backing Monday’s report were Durbin, Waxman, Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey, Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Sen. John Rockefeller of West Virginia.

  13. Marcy Anson Fralick

    Joanne, you’re exactly right. I started smoking when it was allowed “in public” at Staples. I have a 14 year old granddaughter who smokes e-cigarettes because they’re legal at her school in FL. Somehow, this strikes me as very wrong…

  14. I have sent an email to anyone at SHS who might have had a delivery by that truck. One commenter said it could be Chartwell so I have sent an email to the manager. Most of the deliveries we get are from UPS, FedEx, W.B. Mason, etc. Honestly, I have no idea whose truck that is, but I will find out and make sure it doesn’t drive onto school grounds again.

  15. Thank you for your quick response Mr. Dodig!! Any help we can get with this is appreciated!

  16. So glad this is being looked into!!hoping that this generation may be a bit more informed!!still remember walking through the smoking area on the way to class!

  17. I still think this is funny and wonder why it is such a big deal.
    Kids today are very well informed on a number of issues. Trust them.

  18. Eric William Buchroeder 'SHS '70

    Our class at Staples is burying a dear friend today well before her time who admitted to me in the last six weeks that she could not stop a chain-smoking habit that began in her youth. So this has my attention, especially now that many of my classmates may have grandchildren at Staples. This article and its responses are a collective admission that our kids have no common sense and we have surrendered our lives to the same type of soulless people on Madison Avenue that took our bucolic little town down the road to consumer wrack and ruin in the 50’s and 60’s while we were kids. I grew up in a house of smokers and never went down that road (The Tarryton cigarette commercial with Art Fleming breathing into a handkerchief was all I needed to see about what my lungs would look like). My kids don’t smoke but I have a sister (SHS Class of ’61-where she learned to smoke) who at 71 was told by her doctor earlier this year (while in Norwalk Hospital recovering from near-fatal respiratory ailments) to switch to electronic cigarettes or die. So I suppose I should be grateful for e-cigarettes. Principal Dodig should be lauded for his fast and thorough response to a semi-public outcry and I’d encourage him to find a learning opportunity here and perhaps use the Staples venue for a “teach-in” as we did during the Vietnam War. Most smokers recoil when you refer to their habit as an “addiction.” “The truth shall set you free.”

    • Joanne Romano

      Thank you Eric…I did not want to mention our friend on the day of her burial but you are correct…most of us who have smoked all these years did in fact start at Staples And I for one wish I didn’t because it took me til this past July to finally put them down.

      • Eric William Buchroeder SHS '70

        Awwwh Joanne, it is tough to be objective at a time like this, isn’t it? Glad you got unhooked so you’ll be around many more years.

  19. Alan Phillips

    The truck appears to be owned by J Polep.
    They are food distributors.. Competitor to companies such as Sysco.
    I am quite sure they are delivering food and or beverages to Staples cafeteria.
    Apparently they sold advertising on their truck to an electronic cigarette advertiser. Pictured at a high school, it is quite embarrassing.

  20. Mystery solved. I spoke to Frank Rupp, Chartwell Manager at Staples, and he said it was a delivery made to his kitchen. He contacted the company and told them never to use that truck again or he would cancel the account and use another vendor. I can’t understand how any vendor making deliveries to schools would use such truck signage, but I am not in business. I’m just a high school principal.

  21. Excellent response time.

  22. Liz Doyle Boyd

    I think you all drank too much coffee this morning…get a grip

    • Joanne Romano

      Sorry Liz..but it just hit a cord with me because they do distribute e-cigs in some schools with the thought that it will deter kids from smoking.

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