Sweet Smokes

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RJ Reynolds has agreed to stop marketing the candy- and fruit-flavored cigarettes that critics say were aimed at kids.

Officials from dozens of states say the tobacco giant has settled a broad investigation into US sales of cigarettes sold under names like "Twista Lime" and "Mocha Taboo."

The states claimed the branding and advertising for flavored cigarettes violated a nationwide settlement that bans marketing aimed at young people. The officials say Reynolds won't pay penalties, but agrees to stop identifying cigarettes with candy, fruit, dessert or alcoholic beverage names.

A national survey by cancer researchers last year indicated that one in five smokers in their late teens had recently lit up a flavored cigarette.

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