Advocates seek regulations on new candy-like tobacco products

Posted at 12:26 AM, Jan 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-02-28 12:33:01-05

Local cancer survivors and volunteers are rallying at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday against dangerous new tobacco products.

Dissoluble tobacco products are fairly new on the market and tend to be package a lot like candy.  However, they do contain nicotine.

Manufactures said the products are not harmful because there is no second hand smoke. The new products were marketed to be used in places where smoking is not allowed.

Opponents worry that the packaging is too appealing to kids, the products are highly addictive and could lead to nicotine over dose.

These tobacco products are not yet available in Utah, but Micheal Siler of the American Cancer Society Action Network is working to get regulations now.

“We do want to make legislators aware that these products are packaged like candy, they look like candy.  If the research comes in as we suspect it will, indicating that they are very dangerous,” Siler said. “That ultimately means they’ll need to regulate this products such that kids can get at them.”

Advocates are pushing to regulate these products now because as the law currently stands, if the items were available, anyone of any age could buy them.