United States Department of Transportation

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This article is part of the Tobacco portal on Sourcewatch funded from 2006 - 2009 by the American Legacy Foundation.

The United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is significant to tobacco issues as it classifies ammonia (a highly common cigarette additive) and nicotine as poisons for transportation. Ammonia is classified as a "Poison A" and requires labeling for "POISON GAS". [1]

Nicotine sulfate is classified as a "Poison B" in both solid and liquid forms. [2]

Animal testing

U.S. agencies that require and/or conduct animal testing include the Department of Transportation. [3]

DOT conducts skin-corrosivity tests on rabbits, in spite of an accurate and federally approved test using synthetic skin (Corrositex). Rabbits backs are shaved and corrosive chemicals are applied to raw skin, where they are left for up to two weeks. The animals are given no pain relief. [4] See also animal testing, section 3 on product testing.


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  1. 49 CFR 172.102 (1984) (J. Jacobus report 4/11/94)
  2. 49 CFR 172.101 (1986)
  3. U.S. Government Testing Programs, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, accessed February 2009
  4. Stop Cruel Department of Transportation Animals Tests, PETA.org, accessed February 2009

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