Tobacco 'candy' could poison kids: study

Author: Amy Norton, Reuters, Published on: 19 April 2010

In a study of reports to U.S. poison control centers between 2006 and 2008, investigators found that 13,705 children younger than 6 were accidentally poisoned by tobacco products... In a baby or small child, even a small amount of nicotine...can cause nausea and vomiting. Larger doses could lead to weakness, convulsions or potentially fatal respiratory arrest... [C]igarettes or filter tips were responsible for nearly 10,600 of the poisonings... Smokeless tobacco products were behind another 1,768. But there is now a new concern... -- namely, the melt-in-the-mouth tobacco products recently put on the market... flavored, candy-like pellets, sticks and strips... Connolly and his colleagues did do a chemical analysis of one -- Camel Orbs, tobacco pellets with a Tic-Tac-like appearance introduced last year by R.J. Reynolds [part of Reynolds American]... David Howard, a Reynolds spokesman, told The New York Times that Camel Orbs were marketed only for adults and come in child-resistant containers. He denied that they look like Tic Tac mints.

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