Officials warn of nicotine toothpick use by teens

FILE - In this April 23, 2014 file photo, a man smokes an electronic cigarette in Chicago. San Francisco has approved a bill that bans the sale of flavored nicotine-laced liquid used in electronic cigarettes and flavored tobacco products. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the ban on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Supervisors say that nicotine masked in cotton candy, banana cream, mint and other flavors entices kids into a lifetime of addiction. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

E-cigarettes, vapes, Juuls, cigarettes and cigars. And now there's something else to worry about.

Public health officials are warning parents and educators about a new tobacco product that teens may be abusing - nicotine toothpicks.

The toothpicks look just like regular toothpicks, but the often fruit or cinnamon-flavored sticks under brand names like NicoPix, ZipPik and Pixotine are packed with more nicotine than traditional cigarettes.

The toothpicks are often infused or coated with nicotine and can have as much as 3 mg of nicotine, compared to the about 1.5 mg of nicotine most smokers inhale from a cigarette.

photo Nicotine toothpicks come in fruity, mint and cinnamon flavors. Brands include NicoPix, ZipPik, Pixotine, Smart Toothpicks and more. Nicotine toothpicks can contain as much as a traditional cigarette.