ROCKVILLE, MarylandThe Food and Drug Administration has warned three
Internet pharmacies selling nicotine-laced lollipops and lip balms as smoking
cessation aids that the products appear to be illegal and ordered them pulled
from the marketplace.
The agency said the products are compounded and sold without a physician’s
prescription and are intended for use as "drugs." It also expressed
concerns that the candy-like products pose a risk of accidental use by
The FDA’s concerns arose from statements posted on the pharmacies’
websites. These included claims that the products help alleviate the
"hand to mouth fixation" associated with smoking and are a
"convenient, tasty way" to replace the cigarette habit, the agency
The lollipops and lip balms contain nicotine salicylate (which is not FDA
approved for use by pharmacists in compounding drugs), natural sweeteners, and
flavorings in a sugar-free base and are available in 0.5 mg to 4 mg dosages.