Before the new year, the inhalable caffeine product AeroShot launched with much controversy. The main concern is that kids will use it as a "club drug" or mix caffeine and alcohol. Now, the FDA will weigh in on whether the inhalable caffeine is safe, and whether it can be branded as a dietary supplement.
Each lipstick-sized canister, priced at $2.99, contains B vitamins, plus 100 milligrams of caffeine powder, equal to that of a large cup of coffee.
New York's U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is "worried about how a product like this impacts kids and teens, who are particularly vulnerable to overusing a product that allows one to take hit after hit after hit, in rapid succession."
In its defense, AeroShot claims to "provide a safe shot of caffeine and B vitamins for ingestion," mentioning that "caffeine has been proven to offer a variety of potential benefits for health to individuals when consumed in moderation, from providing energy to enhancing attention and focus."
Who knows, might just be safer to stick to a cup of coffee.
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