You may soon be able to trade in that steaming hot cup of coffee for a short “puff’ of inhalable caffeine. However the Food and Drug Administration would like to examine the product to make sure it’s safe for consumers. The product, marketed as “Aeroshot,” comes in a lipstick-sized canister that contains four to six “puffs’ of caffeine.
The product hit the market in January in Massachusetts and New York. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) expressed concern that young people would use the inhalable caffeine as a club drug. Dr. Jill Michels, Director of the Palmetto Poison Center says the center gets about 100 calls a year concerning an overdose of caffeine.
The canister contains a mixture of 100 milligrams of caffeine and B vitamins. According to the product’s website, this amount of caffeine is about the equivalent of a large cup of coffee.
Michels points out that the product was able to hit the market without FDA approval because caffeine is categorized as a dietary supplement, not a drug. She says, for many, it is difficult to keep track of their intake of caffeine because of its use in a number of food items and dietary supplements.
Michels says it seems every year a drink or a food item appears on the market every year promising an energy boost and young people and many adults start to use them with mixed and sometimes detrimental results. She says it is a good idea for parents to talk with their children and attempt to monitor their intake of products that may contain caffeine.
AUDIO: Michels says caffeine intake should be monitored (1:09)