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Aeroshot: A Puff of Controversy
(WENY)---Move over energy drinks. Aeroshot, the lipstick sized inhalable energy shot sits on store shelves in New York. It's a new craze but it comes with a puff of controversy.
We talked to over a dozen college students- only a few of them tried the product.
An Elmira College student who tried it said, "I feel pretty jumpy."
Another student didn't want to try the product and said, "I guess I could understand why there are some FDA issues."
New York Senator Chuck Schumer wants the product banned and he says its not the college students who are the problem- it's the high schoolers.
Schumer tells us, "Aeroshot and particularly the way they advertise is sort of like a party drug because you can take ten to fifteen shots of caffeine while you're drinking, if you're a teenager. That can lead to serious consequences.
A canister of aeroshot costs just $2.99. You can find it next to the energy drinks and you're supposed to be 18 or older to buy it, but a lot of high schoolers are getting their hands on it.
A high school student we spoke with says, "I wish I could have more."
Aeroshot is made in France, but sold in US stores and online- easy access for teens. It's in the form of a lime flavored powder.The company that makes it, breathable foods, says one puff is equal to a cup of coffee, 100 milligrams of caffeine.
Schumer doesn't think it's safe. He says, "If it's caffeine in a cup of coffee, there is a limit to how many coffees you can drink. You can't fit them all in your system. But with aeroshot you can take ten, fifteen, twenty shots and its just a sniff-like and you are in real trouble."
Christie Speciale is the Director of Trinity of Chemung County Drug Prevention. She says, "caffeine needs to be taken in moderation and it increases alertness, reduces fine motor coordination, alters sleep patterns and it can cause headaches and dizziness."
Months ago, Senator Schumer urged the Food and Drug Administration to take aeroshot off the shelves. The FDA sent breathable foods a letter, saying the product's advertising is misleading and dangerous for the lungs.
Although the aeroshot inventor cancelled several interviews with us, they sent this response:
"We plan to work closely with the FDA to meet their requests for information and labeling changes. Aeroshot delivers a mix of B vitamins and caffeine to the mouth for ingestion and is not inhaled into the lungs."
Despite, the controversy, there is no timetable and no certainty whether or not the FDA will ban the product. But Senator Schumer, who pushed for a ban on controversial alcohol and caffeine drinks like fourloko in 2010, wants change soon.He says, "I am hopeful that the FDA will find what the study of pediatrics found. It's not made here and it shouldn't be sold here."