error c2059 'constant' if else statements

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    error c2059 'constant' if else statements

    Hey guys I am trying to write a program for my computer science and I keep getting an error c2059 on line 6 where I declare char choice1, b,l. I have been trying various things yet I can't get the error to disappear. Also I am using visual studio 2008. Any help would be appreciated, also this is my first post so sorry if I messed anything up.

    Code:
    #include <iostream>
    using namespace std;
    
    int main ()
    {
    		char choice1,'b','l';
    		
    		cout<< "You are going on a camping trip and decide to stop at a store. You have enough \nmoney for either beef jerky or lighter fluid. So you have to choose one or \nthe other. (b/l)"<<endl;
    		cin>> choice1; 
    			
    			if(choice1== 'b')
    			{ 
    				cout<< "You have decided to buy the beef jerky and continue to the campground."<<endl;
    			}
    			else if(choice1=='l')
    			{
    				cout<< " You have decided to buy the beef jerky and continue to the campground."<<endl;
    			}
    			else
    			{
    				cout<< "Invalid response please try again."<<endl;
    			}
     
    	system("PAUSE");
    		return 0;
    }

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    char choice1,'b','l';
    'b' and 'l' are just a characters, not a variable of type char, you do not need, nor can you, declare them, in exactly the same way that you do not need to declare 0 or 1

    char choice;

    is what you need
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    thank you so much. I keep making random errors and I couldn't figure that one out at all. Thanks again

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    alright
    you dont need to declare 'b' or 'l', that is what the char choice1; is for. when you cin>>choice1 you can enter anything you want. by putting the if statment you want the program to do something for exactly what you put in for that if statment. it would also be helpful if you make it so the 'l' looked more like an 'L' instead of a 1. you wrote the program where if you chose l for lighter you get beef jerky too. to get the program to except both upper and lower case letters try this
    Code:
    if(choice1=='b' || choice1=='B')             // the || stands for 'or'
    {
    blah blah blah
    }

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    thanks guys. I appreciate the quick response

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