Friday, January 20, 2012

Melt-in-your-mouth tobacco on trial?

Taunya English
NPR, WHYY and Kaiser Health News
January 20, 2012

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has gathered scientists and tobacco policy experts to study the potential health risks and benefits of dissolvable tobacco products.

The Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee is meeting this week and advocates from Pennsylvania and New Jeresy are among those lining up to make their pitch to the FDA panel.

Rutgers University Law student Gregory Conley was a smoker for eight years, but quit in August. The 24-year-old used electronic cigarettes — another smokeless product — to quit, and he says dissolvables suppress craving when he's in class. He likes the tobacco-dipped toothpicks and says they give him a satisfying nicotine tingle along with a hit of mint or java flavor.
"You just put it in your mouth and hold it as if you were holding a piece of straw between your teeth," Conley said.

He volunteers as a legal policy director for the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association and testified during the FDA's meeting this week. Conley says electronic cigarettes, dissolvables and other smokeless alternatives are powerful tools to help smokers avoid the most toxic aspects of cigarettes....

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