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The FDA is seeking the information as its Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee prepares to study the issue later this year.
Reynolds spokesman David Howard said that company is reviewing the FDA's request and plans to help regulators evaluate the products.
"Our products are made for, and marketed to, adult tobacco consumers," Howard said. He said dissolvable items are sold on the same shelves as other tobacco products and carry the same warnings and age restrictions.
Star Scientific, which has been involved in a patent dispute over some of the technology behind its dissolvable products, disagrees with the FDA's characterization of them and looks forward to speaking with regulators, spokeswoman Sara Troy Machir said.
"The challenge that we have faced in attempting to meet the needs of adult smokers ... is to develop a product that is palatable to the customer while at the same time not making it attractive to the non-tobacco user," she said
Machir said flavors are added to the products to make them taste less harsh.
Tobacco companies are focusing on cigarette alternatives -- such as cigars, snuff and chewing tobacco, as well as other forms of nicotine replacement -- for future sales growth as demand for cigarettes continue to decline.
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