The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be evaluating healthy and safety risks of “dissolvables,” which are smokless tobacco products. Dissolvables can come in the form of flavored mints, dissolvables strips to put on the tongue, or smokeless tobacco sticks. These products are not used to prevent further tobacco use but to aid nicotine cravings in places where smoking is banned.
The FDA is investigating if these products put children at risk for nicotine addiction or poisoning. Two companies will be test marketing smokeless tobacco products in different cities in the country – R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. will be testing Camel brand Orbs, Strips, and Sticks, all smokeless tobacco products. The other company, Star Scientific Inc., will be testing Ariva and Stonewall, two dissolvable tobacco products.
To read more about the FDA’s evaluation, click here.