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March 22, 2012 A Food and Drug Administration scientific advisory panel says dissolvable tobacco products could reduce potential health risks compared with smoking cigarettes, but also have the potential to increase the overall number of tobacco users. The agency’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee report stated that exclusive use of dissolvable tobacco products by an individual would “greatly reduce risk” compared with regular use of cigarettes. It also could reduce the population-level disease burden caused by tobacco use if the products decrease the number of people who smoke or don’t start smoking. The committee, however, concluded that the availability of dissolvable tobacco might make people think tobacco in general is safer. Beyond anecdotal evidence, the committee said it found no information on whether dissolvable tobacco products would make cigarette smokers more likely to quit. The agency has previously raised concerns that dissolvable tobacco products contain a lot of nicotine and could be particularly appealing to kids and young adults.
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