If you smoke cigarettes, the chemical compounds they contain are a problem.
But what about the nicotine, or the tar, or is that still in the tobacco?
That’s the question the Food and Drug Administration has been asked.
The agency is now investigating whether nicotine, a key ingredient in many combustible cigarettes, is still present in the products after several years.
A chemical analysis found nicotine in some products but not others, such as the inhalable nicotine patches and patches for inhalers, said John Osterman, FDA spokesman.
The FDA is looking into whether nicotine is still in cigarettes after more than a decade in the industry, he said.
Ostermen declined to elaborate on how much nicotine is in cigarettes, but said it’s a “very real concern” that some products don’t contain it.
The FDA says the company responsible for manufacturing the cigarettes must report its inventory to it within 60 days.
The companies that make cigarettes and inhalers are regulated by the federal government.
The cigarette industry has lobbied for years for a ban on nicotine, and last year a federal court struck down the ban.