Pharmaceutical industry researchers, consultants and lobbyists are hard at work attempting to make replacement nicotine as available and convenient as
cigarettes. There is currently a petition pending at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow replacement nicotine to be sold in convenience
stores in much smaller daily dose packs beside cigarettes. Their arguments seems compelling. Why should the cleanest and least deadly form of nicotine
delivery be the hardest to obtain? But bringing pharmaceutical grade nicotine into the neighborhood candy, chip and soda store, along with all of the
marketing that is sure to come with it, won't be without cost.
While President Obama signed into law on June 22, 2009 a bill giving the the FDA authority to outlaw all candy flavorings in cigarettes except menthol, on July 13 the FDA approved the sale of generic cherry and cinnamon flavored nicotine gum. Could the government's use of candy, mint and coffee flavorings to attract smokers to cleaner delivery actually result in a greater percentage of youth getting hooked? If so, will replacement nicotine become the new gateway to smoking? Only time will tell. This thread, indexed under youth prevention, will be used to share stories and reports about youth replacement nicotine use. Let's all hope this thread remains a short one.