Public health officials concerned over increase in dissolvable tobacco products

As more dissolvable tobacco lozenges, sticks and strips are developed, tested and marketed, public health officials and anti-smoking advocates fear that the products will help initiate a new generation of smokers. The tobacco industry counters that the products contain far fewer cancer-causing chemicals than cigarettes, and may even help some eventually <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="HETHT00000019" title="Quitting Smoking (INACTIVE)" href="/topic/health/quitting-smoking-%28inactive%29-HETHT00000019.topic">quit smoking</a>. The FDA took up the issue during an advisory committee hearing this week.

( Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times )

As more dissolvable tobacco lozenges, sticks and strips are developed, tested and marketed, public health officials and anti-smoking advocates fear that the products will help initiate a new generation of smokers. The tobacco industry counters that the products contain far fewer cancer-causing chemicals than cigarettes, and may even help some eventually quit smoking. The FDA took up the issue during an advisory committee hearing this week.

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