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Some par­ents re­cently dis­cov­ered that take-out food plat­forms had al­legedly sold cig­a­rettes to mi­nors via “code sig­nals.” The sus­pected shops blurred the pic­tures of cig­a­rettes, and la­beled them with code words like “red” or “fire­works,” and put them into in­con­spic­u­ous col­umns. The par­ents said that they asked their chil­dren to use the plat­forms when they had no time to pre­pare din­ner, only to find that their money had flowed to to­bacco sell­ers. The plat­forms in­volved have promised to in­ves­ti­gate the sus­pect shops and pe­nal­ize them, while ne­ti­zens were just cu­ri­ous about how chil­dren knew those strange words rep­re­sented cig­a­rettes.

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