Child injury risk: Candy-like tobacco products appeals to kids, poses dangers

Legal news for personal injury attorneys. Researchers are concerned tobacco products in a candy-like form can he harmful to children.

Personal injury attorneys alert- The CDC fears that smokeless, flavored tobacco products pose nicotine poisoning danger to children.

Washington, D.C.—Researchers with the Harvard School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are worried that the new generation of smokeless tobacco products that look like breath mints could pose serious risks to children who think they are candy. Officials are concerned that the effects may by life threatening, should children decided to eat the flavored tobacco products, as reported by CNN.

The new tobacco products, Camel Orbs, which look like breath mints; Camel Sticks, which are the size of toothpicks that dissolve in the mouth; and Camel Strips, which resemble breath-freshening strips, are currently being test-marketed in three cities. Officials are worried that these smokeless tobacco products will appeal to children who may ingest them and suffer nicotine poisoning.

Researchers have found that smokeless tobacco products are the second leading cause of nicotine poisoning among children. From 2006 to 2008 there were 13,705 cases of tobacco ingestion reported to 61 poison control centers. Smokeless tobacco accounted for 1,768 of the cases. Nicotine poisoning can result in convulsions, respiratory failure, and even death. Just below 0.5 milligrams of nicotine per pounds of body weight is the minimal threshold for the lethal dose in children.

An R.J. Reynolds spokesperson stated the packaging for Camel Orbs and other dissolvable products are “100 percent child-resistant in accordance with Consumer Product Safety Commission standards” and bear labels that say “Keep Out of Reach of Children.”

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for personal injury lawyers.