Comment of the Day

Reader: To ban dissolvable tobacco Camel Orbs that look like Tic Tacs is nanny state overload

In a post this week, the Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention Alliance called for RJ Reynolds to stop Colorado test-marketing of dissolvable tobacco products he believes are being marketing to kids via candy-like packaging -- and the state health board subsequently joined the cause. But one reader wasn't convinced.

Matt in Boulder writes:

I'm certainly no fan of tobacco or nicotine, but I am even less of a fan of Nanny-state BS like this. Just because a product could be attractive to kids does not mean it should be made unavailable to adults. Aside from the look of the packaging, I don't see any difference between these products and Nicorette gum. They both deliver nicotine in a medium that kids like -- gum and candy. So what? Adults like both of those things too. It's already illegal for kids to buy nicotine products. Limiting options for law-abiding adults is not the way to address this "problem".

If Colorado Board of Health is concerned about the packaging and messaging of the product, they should address that issue. They should not try to ban the product itself.

If we, as a country, are that freaked out about nicotine then we should bite the bullet and put it on the Schedule 1 list of drugs. That's really where it belongs anyway. While we're re-arranging the drug schedules we need to remove cannabis from Schedule 1, preferably removing it altogether.

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