The worst product idea in a very long time

I read a story in the paper yesterday about a product called Nicogel. It is a hand lotion substitute for the nicotine patch. Only it’s available without a prescription, because it’s not a drug. It contains tobacco extract, rather than purified nicotine, so it is presumably categorized as an herbal supplement. Or it would be if it were a food. As it is, it appears to be completely unregulated. And it contains a highly addictive substance. And it’s in a form that kids love.

I can just imagine lots of 12-year-olds trying to get high on hand lotion, only to find themselves addicted.  And perhaps getting skin cancer.

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