DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Board of Health will hold a public hearing to discuss health concerns over new dissolvable tobacco products being test-marketed in the state.

Health officials say some of the new dissolvable tobacco products resemble breath mints and strips. Counties throughout Colorado have reported seeing the new products in local stores.

Opponents are hoping the board on Wednesday will adopt a resolution supporting tobacco retail licensing to help prevent youths from getting the new or any tobacco product illegally. Colorado is one of only seven states that doesn’t require a tobacco retail license.

Health officials are concerned that the packaging and flavoring may have a particular appeal to kids.

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