Port Chester Group Fights Ex-Ice Cream Truck Selling Cigarettes

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – An old ice cream truck parked at the side of a Sonoco gas station at the border of Port Chester and Connecticut has many residents smoking mad.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi: The Ice Cream Truck Will Be Replaced

The truck no longer plays that beloved jingle and is stripped of its colorful stickers displaying everyone’s favorite warm weather treats.

Instead of selling soft serve ice cream dipped in sprinkles this truck sells cigarettes at Connecticut prices.

New York smokers are saving but some Port Chester parents are fuming.

“Clearly children have an affinity towards ice cream trucks,” says Council of Community Services Executive Director Daniel Lipka. “It’s clearly not what we want our kids to be seeing.”

“Our issue is really about the influence that tobacco and alcohol have on this community especially on young people and that certainly isn’t the message that we want our community to be about,” Lipka said.

Meanwhile, the gas station owner tells WCBS 880 reporter Catherine Cioffi that he had no idea an old ice cream truck would cause so many problems.

“I believe it’s against the law to advertise cigarettes directly to children and this taken in context is doing exactly that,” Lipka said.

The Port Chester Cares Community Coalition has been looking into the dangers of putting tobacco and kid-friendly products together.

The gas station owner said he’ll be replacing the truck as soon as possible.

  • Dan

    You can to see the truck before they took the ice cream stickers off (but still had the giant newport ad). This was the cause of real concerns. Here is a link to the before picture. http://consumerist.com/2011/04/this-cigarette-ice-cream-truck-is-wrong.html

  • nypj

    Looks just like any other food vendor truck. I do not see the issue with this, as long as it is not violating any laws that are on the books, then this guy should be left alone…

    Also – it appears that this truck remains stationary, being that it does not have any license plates, and the story states that the truck is parked in a gas station parking lot… so how many kids are going to the gas station to look for the ice cream truck? It is not like he parked in front of a school…

  • Mort

    You’d think a professional journalist would know how to spell Sunoco.

  • roneida

    While the parents are so very righteously upset, why don’t they ask theiir Congressmen and Senators why the Feds spend billions of our tax dollars subsidising tobacco growers and cigarette makers.

    Maybe they will see how evil the big government really is.

  • Won't anyone think of the children?

    Maybe they can sell candy cigarettes to the kiddies.

  • pugphan

    Wow! Smokes for kids…how devious, insidious, I wonder how many other trucks these guys have? smokersodysseycom

  • JCS

    WOW this is what we need to report?
    This is almost as stupid as the fat politician trying to ban Happy Meals!
    So every truck on the street has to sell ice cream?
    Should we ban the hot dog truck ?
    Why do people care really?

    • Rugbyball

      How about the Green Truck that sharpens knives. That could be used as weapons! And that loud bell he uses could confuse children, and they may get knives. Ban him as well. ;-)

      I have three young kids of my own, if this guy sells to them, then bust him If he is selling to legal age adults, then leave him alone. He isn’t the problem. The law allowing tobacco and subsidies to growers is what they should be going after.

  • edward

    Amazing how people get so zealous about cigarettes while this country is involved in 3 wars and on the brink of yet another economic crisis.
    If Americans would show as much interest in current issues instead of watching “dancing-with the Stars” or reading about Lindsay Lohan they would be horrified.

    • Everyone Here


      No one cares what you think.

      • bill

        I care what edward thinks. I don’t care what you think about however everyone.

      • midi-man

        Bloomberg does the Freaking moron.

  • ttc

    umm its just a white truck now, get a grip

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