Local test of tobacco mints to end

Trial marketing of product to shift to other U.S. cities

Columbus Dispatch

WASHINGTON - R.J. Reynolds will end test-marketing in Columbus of a controversial tobacco-infused mint, but company officials said they plan to introduce the mint in other test markets next month.

David Howard, an RJR spokesman, said the company decided to "make them available to adult tobacco consumers'' in new test markets. He declined to say which cities will have the dissolvable mints, but he said they will not be in Ohio.

The product has provoked intense criticism from opponents of smoking such as Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who have argued that the dissolvable mints are designed to hook children on nicotine.

"Both the flavoring and packaging of these products were clearly aimed to younger people,'' said Matt Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in Washington.

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