May 30, 2024
Opioid/Substance Use Disorders | Tea Leaves
  • Nicotine alternatives used in vapes being launched in the U.S. and abroad, such as 6-methyl nicotine, may be more potent and addictive than nicotine itself, though the scientific data remains incomplete, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and independent researchers. The synthetic substances – which have a chemical structure similar to that of nicotine – are not subject to U.S. tobacco and vaping regulations that are designed to control traditional nicotine, a highly addictive drug. That means manufacturers can sell vapes containing synthetic nicotine analogs such as 6-methyl nicotine in the United States without seeking authorization from the FDA – a process that can be costly, time-consuming, and often unsuccessful. (Article here)