According to Sen. Charles Schumer, you can drink caffeine, but you’d better not inhale it. In December the New York Democrat urged the Food and Drug Administration to put a hold on the sale of AeroShot, an inhalable caffeine and vitamin product. At a press conference Schumer warned that “AeroShot is nothing more than a club drug or a party enhancer, designed to give the user the ability to drink until they drop.” In January, the FDA agreed to investigate the product.
According to the company that developed the product, each “shot” contains 100 milligrams of caffeine. AeroShot CEO Tom Hadfield says on the company’s website that the shots contain “the same amount of caffeine as a cup of premium coffee.” In fact, each shot has less caffeine than java served at Starbucks: The Mayo Clinic reports a 16-ounce cup of the coffee chain’s Pike Place roast has about 330 milligrams of caffeine on average.
Despite his opposition to AeroShots, Schumer clearly has no problem with coffee drinkers getting their fix. In 2010 Schumer asked U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to scold Brazilian and Vietnamese coffee growers for stockpiling their beans, warning that it would hike American retail prices for a cup of joe.