Attorney generals want ban on candy made from tobacco
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa joined 39 other states and one territory Wednesday in asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban sales of a candy-like tobacco product called Ariva.
Ariva is a mint-flavored, candy-like product that looks like a small breath mint, but delivers as much nicotine as smoking a cigarette, Attorney General Tom Miller said. He said the product contains compressed tobacco powder along with sweeteners, mint and other flavorings.
"This product is being rushed to the marketplace without FDA approval, even though it will deliver nicotine and probably contains other potentially toxic and carcinogenic compounds," Miller said. "It also has a high potential for use and abuse by young people. That's a bad combination."
The attorney generals asked the FDA to regulate Ariva before the product becomes more widely available in the market.
"A thousand kids take up smoking every month in Iowa," Miller said. "We don't need more products that lead to addicted young people."