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May 7, 2014, 1:04 p.m.

The same chem­ic­als used to fla­vor Jolly Ranch­ers and Kool-Aid are be­ing used in to­bacco products, new re­search finds.

While candy-flavored to­bacco products have been on the mar­ket for years, the re­search­ers at Port­land State Uni­versity in Ore­gon are the first to dis­cov­er that the same chem­ic­als are used to cre­ate the char­ac­ter­iz­ing fla­vors in candy and to­bacco products.

“If you take and smell a grape Phil­lies blunt, you’re smelling the same chem­ic­al used in grape Kool-Aid,” said James Pankow, a pro­fess­or at Port­land State and the lead re­search­er for the study.

The find­ings come on the heels of the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s newly pro­posed reg­u­la­tions on e-ci­gar­ettes, ci­gars, and oth­er to­bacco products.

The new reg­u­la­tions would treat those to­bacco products like ci­gar­ettes, ban­ning their sale to minors, but they do not out­law candy fla­vor­ings.

Candy-flavored ci­gar­ettes have been out­lawed since 2009, the year the To­bacco Con­trol Act gran­ted the FDA more over­sight over the to­bacco in­dustry.

“Al­most 90 per­cent of adult smokers start smoking as teen­agers. These flavored ci­gar­ettes are a gate­way for many chil­dren and young adults to be­come reg­u­lar smokers,” said FDA Com­mis­sion­er Mar­garet Ham­burg in a 2009 press re­lease about the con­gres­sion­al ban.

Pankow quoted Ham­burg in his re­port, pub­lished Wed­nes­day.

“It’s not clear to me why the same lo­gic isn’t be­ing ap­plied to these products,” he said.

The FDA is in the pro­cess of re­view­ing the lit­er­at­ure on the im­pact of candy-flavored to­bacco products on use.

Pankow’s find­ings ap­pear in the New Eng­land Journ­al of Medi­cine.

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