Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dissolvable tobacco new to Colorado, but old questions arise

Star and Reynolds correct inaccurate claims about dissolvable tobacco products, CO Board of Health to hold public hearing August 17th.

“Hopefully, there will be people at the hearing who will tell us what the issues are,” said Dr. Chris Urbina, executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “There’s no data; it’s a fairly new product.” 
Only, dissolvable tobacco products are not new. Star Scientific of Glen Allen, Va., introduced the Ariva dissolvable tobacco lozenge in 2001 and Stonewall lozenge in 2003, and the products have been available in Colorado for awhile, said Sara Troy Machir, vice president for communications and investor relations.
“Actually, there is data on dissolvables,” she said. “I could send you five studies, done by people funded by NIH (National Institutes of Health), on toxins in dissolvables.” (Read what NIH calls "the first published chemical analysis of dissolvable tobacco" here

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