Snapshot of Tobacco Poisoning in Children
From Pediatrics: a study of tobacco poisonings in young American children.
- From 2006 to 2008, 13,705 cases of tobacco poisoning were reported.
- About 70% of cases occurred in kids younger than 1 year of age.
- Nearly 80% of poisonings were due to the ingestion of cigarettes and (or?) filter tips (vs smokeless tobacco or cigars).
Plus there’s commentary on a charming, new Tic Tac-like product from RJ Reynolds: cinnamon- or mint-flavored Camel Orbs, which contain 1 mg of nicotine per pellet. Although the product is new to the market, there has been at least 1 reported case of tobacco poisoning due to the ingestion of Camel Orbs (by a 3-year-old child).
RJ Reynolds also markets flavored Camel Sticks and Camel Strips.
Last year, the FDA was given the authority to regulate flavored cigarettes (but not other flavored tobacco products), thanks to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The agency was quick to ban candy-, fruit-, and clove-flavored smokes in the United States.
Image of Camel Orbs from dissolvables.tobaccopleasure.com.