For smokers long confined to standing outside in nasty weather to get their nicotine fix, Camel Orbs - a dissolvable tobacco product slightly bigger than an Altoid mint - is an alternative that keeps users out of the elements.
For Sen. Sherrod Brown and public health advocates, it's yet another diabolical strategy to get youngsters hooked on smoking.
Mr. Brown, Ohio Democrat, last week successfully added a measure calling for a quick Federal Drug Administration study of Orbs and other dissolvable tobacco products to a larger bill that would, for the first time, put tobacco products under FDA regulatory authority. The bill, with the amendment, passed through committee last week and now awaits full Senate approval. It was passed by the House in April.
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