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FDA: Nicotine Lollipops Illegal

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Rose is developing a nicotine drinking straw for people trying to quit cigarettes. This product, he says, is being developed as a new drug according to FDA guidelines.

The FDA action also applies to nicotine-laced lip balm. It does not apply to the tobacco lozenges now being sold as Ariva by Star Scientific. Why? The melt-in-the-mouth lozenges are made from specially formulated tobacco and not from nicotine extract. That seems like an awfully fine distinction to both Rose and Banzhaf.

"Where something stops being a tobacco product and starts being a nicotine delivery system is a question mark," Rose says. "But for tobacco and all other products that deliver nicotine, it would be nice if they were all viewed in a comprehensive way."

Banzhaf is even more emphatic.

"With the lozenge you have the same problem as with the lollipop," he says. "You have a substance everybody agrees is both deadly and addictive. They are being put on the market without any oversight or supervision whatever. If I came out with any other addictive product and tried to do that, they'd throw me in jail."

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