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R.J. Reynolds Enticing Teens to Smoke?

Posted on May 5, 2010

Researchers warn that nicotine-laced candies, designed to get smokers to quit, may be purchased by youngsters and pose a health risk.

The candies, called Orbs, resemble Tic Tac candies and they contain about one milligram of nicotine. They are also flavored with mint or cinnamon, resemble candy and can be purchased in a grocery or convenience store.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health in an article published in Pediatrics say that the candies can lure a child to the addictive habit of smoking. Some children have already been harmed.

In a few cases around the country, small children have ingested the candies who experienced symptoms of nicotine poisoning which include nausea and vomiting. Tobacco Giant, R. J. Reynolds says it has made the nicotine pellets child-resistant, but they haven’t stopped them from access.

Jacksonville tobacco lawyers have seen first-hand the devastating consequences that cigarettes and other tobacco products impose upon consumers. The rights of Florida residents who have been victims of decades of dishonesty and deception regarding the dangers of smoking deserve to be protected. Children should not be subjected to falling into this demographic.