Tobacco Candy Shows Why FDA Should Regulate Industry

Columbus Dispatch

Cigarette maker R.J. Reynolds' mint-flavored, ground tobacco in a candy form that melts in the mouth is another reason why Big Tobacco products ought to be just as tightly regulated as any food or drug on the U.S. market.

The candy is clearly a drug: It can deliver a quantity of nicotine equal to or greater than the average smoker inhales via cigarette.

This product is all about stoking addiction and not really about helping tobacco customers find an inconspicuous way to deal with their habit when they are at work or in other places where smoking is prohibited. Any other drug as addictive as nicotine is highly regulated or illegal.

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