Personal Health Questions: Is Chapstick Really Addictive?

Lip balms and chapsticks may protect our lips from the elements, but could these products actually become addictive?

Several years ago, a 100 year old product called Carmex became the unwitting subject of an urban legend. Sales of the lip balm were astronomical, despite a lack of traditional advertising or promotion. Inevitably, rumors began to spread about the ‘real’ source of Carmex’s success. One unfounded allegation was that the manufacturers actually contaminated their own product with ground glass in order to perpetuate its use.

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