The calls for banning flavored nicotine-containing products has been primarily a long and vocal one when it comes to vapor and e-cigarettes. Poking out of the eSmoke debate is a new threat that hits my community much closer to home: a ban on flavored mint and wintergreen snus and smokeless tobacco.
San Francisco, Oakland, St. Paul, and Canton have proposed regulations to effectively slash the availability of all smokeless tobacco products and ban outright wintergreen and mint flavored dip and snus. Since US sales of these flavors make up 60% of the total US market, this will be a huge blow to national Adult Tobacco Harm Reduction (ATHR) efforts to switch current cigarette smokers to safer nicotine alternatives.
"Medically approved" products like Big Pharma's nicotine gum are of course excluded in these new regulations. New nicotine pouches and dissolvables which contain no tobacco like Swedish Match's new ZYN product have no such luck and fall under the proposed bans as well.
Back on November 21st, I advanced the argument that while we were all so concerned about the impact of S.1147, The PACT Act of 2009 legislation, we were ignoring the larger threat: FDA Tobacco Czar Lawrence Deyton's interpretation of The Tobacco Act and how that translated into real danger for Swedish Snus in America. I opened the article, The PACT Act will Hurt, but FDA could Kill Snus Users, with the announcement by FDA that they were soliciting Public input on what they now call The Tobacco Act. I guess even FDA couldn't stomach calling it the 'Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act' any longer....or maybe it's a reduction of paperwork thing.
If by some slim chance, you haven't read that article yet, do so now. It foreshadows the taste and flavoring tampering FDA seems to have planned for smokeless tobacco including snus sold in the United States. As ugly as the picture was that I painted using FDA and Dr. Deyton's own words, the situation has deteriorated even further with the release of more "clarifications" by FDA; in particular Modified Risk Tobacco Products (MRTP).
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