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Tobacco gum sparks dispute / Medical profession slams product's availability to children 

Jump to full article: Yomiuri Shimbun., 2003-11-02


A controversy has ignited over the recently launched Firebreak brand tobacco gum from Sweden, which despite being classified as tobacco by the Finance Ministry has a similar appearance to ordinary gum.

The gum, which is the first of its kind in the world, has been on sale on a trial basis since the middle of October in parts of Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture.

Many educators and those in the medical profession have criticized the product on the grounds that it is dangerous and is readily available to children.

Dental organizations the Japanese Society for Dental Health and the Japanese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons plan to submit Tuesday an application to the ministry to withdraw its approval for the gum's sale.

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