A novel research study has suggested that smokeless, flavored tobacco products that look like candy and come in packages shaped like cell phones may lend a contribution to accidental poisonings in very young children.
"This product is called a 'tobacco' product, but in the eyes of a 4-year-old, the pellets look more like candy than a regular cigarette. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug, and to make it look like a piece of candy is recklessly playing with the health of children," study author Gregory Connolly posted.
Nicotine-laced pellets, strips and sticks that dissolve completely in the user's mouth, tagged as "tobacco candy" by critics - have joined chewing tobacco and snuff, becoming the second-most common cause of unintentional tobacco ingestion in kids younger than 6.
The study reveals that Camel Orbs contain 1 milligram of nicotine per pellet. The company has also unveiled Camel Strips (containing 0.6 milligrams of nicotine per strip) and Camel Sticks (3.1 milligrams of nicotine per strip).
The products are majorly for smokers use in places where smoking is not permitted, however, Connolly outlined that infants or children lured by the candy-like Camel Orb could be rendered at a high risk from nicotine poisoning if they consume it.
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