Apr. 20, 2010

Camel Orbs Tobacco Candies Are Toxic For Young Children

A new study finds that smokeless tobacco candy could be dangerous for children as it contains nicotine that can be addictive.

The candies are called Camel Orbs and each one contains a small amount of nicotine minus the nasty smoke present in cigarettes.

The products are dissolvable, and are designed for smokers looking for that nicotine fix when they are somewhere where smoking is not prohibited.

The candies come in childproof packs, but children have been known to find ways to open these packs and ingest the dangerous candies.

“Infants are susceptible to accidental tobacco ingestion because of a natural curiosity and a tendency for oral exploration,” wrote researcher Gregory N. Connolly, DMD, MPH, of Harvard University and colleagues in Pediatrics. “As taste discrimination develops, young children may be more attracted to flavored tobacco products. Ingestion of as little as 1 mg of nicotine by a small child can produce symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.”

“In light of the novelty and potential harm of these dissolvable nicotine products, federal and other public health authorities are advised to study these products to determine the appropriate regulatory approach, on the basis of their potential to cause poisonings and create addiction among youths,” the researchers write.