Tobacco is the primary ingredient found in familiar products such as cigarettes, cigars, spit and chewing tobacco. It contains the powerful and addictive drug, nicotine. Tobacco is also the main ingredient found in many new products such as Snus, Orbs, Sticks and Strips. These products are marketed as a safer and fresher form of chewing tobacco. Snus is a small pouch, slightly resembling a tea bag, containing chewing and is “spitless”. Orbs, Sticks and Strips are tobacco candy like products that resemble products popular with teens and children. Orbs are similar in size, shape and taste to candy mints, but contain as much nicotine as 1-3 cigarettes. Sticks resemble flavored toothpicks, but are made of a completely
Besides the great cost to one’s health, tobacco is a great cost to one’s pocketbook. The average one pack a day smoker spends nearly $8 a day on cigarettes. That’s about $56 a week and about $240 a month. In one year, that smoker will spend nearly $3,000 on cigarettes alone. What could you do with an extra $3,000 a year?
dissolvable material. Strips are similar to the Listerine strips.
There is no safe form of tobacco use. There have been concerns voiced about the dissolvable forms of tobacco posing a risk for nicotine poisoning (overdose) since they are likely to be perceived similarly to candy. In addition, if these products are flavored in such a way that is appealing to the consumer, they will want to consume more of them, much like how people eat multiple pieces of candy consecutively.
Nicotine has also been found in another new product, e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes contain nicotine cartridges, gives off a “vapor” as smoke and are rechargeable. These are often marketed as a nicotine replacement therapy or as a cessation aid, or as an alternative product to be used in places where someone cannot use traditional cigarettes. The biggest problem with this product is that very little is known about them and they have not been thoroughly tested by the FDA.
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