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FDA to Weigh Safety of Tobacco Lozenges, Strips
Date:1/17/2012

and increasing levels of addiction. There doesn't really seem to be any reason to have tobacco in a format that is much more easily ingestible and with quite a few downsides, particularly when think about children and adolescents. Children can and will get into anything even if the packages are childproof," she said.

Dr. Thomas Glynn, director of cancer science and trends at the American Cancer Society, said there are many unknowns about dissolvable tobacco products. "At this point, we don't know the full range of what is in them," he said. "I don't see any potential in these dissolvable products other than to keep people smoking."

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Visit the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to learn more about the risks of smoking and dissolvable tobacco products.

SOURCES: Jonathan Winickoff, M.D., pediatrician, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and associate professor of pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Lee Beers, M.D., pediatrician, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; Thomas J. Glynn, MA, MS, Ph.D., director, Cancer Science and Trends, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Ga.


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