FDA Issues Warning Letters Regarding Illegal Sales of Vape Products
Warning letters sent to 10 companies after ongoing internet monitoring for violations of tobacco laws, regulations
MONDAY, July 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Ten companies have been ordered to remove their flavored disposable e-cigarettes and e-liquid products from the market, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.
The products, which appeal to youth, do not have required premarket authorization. Warning letters were sent to the companies after ongoing internet monitoring for violations of tobacco laws and regulations, according to the FDA. "We are concerned about the popularity of these products among youth and want to make clear to all tobacco product manufacturers and retailers that, even during the ongoing pandemic, the FDA is keeping a close watch on the marketplace and will hold companies accountable," FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, M.D., said in an agency news release.
Three firms -- Puff Bar, HQD Tech USA LLC, and Myle Vape Inc. -- received warning letters for illegally marketing disposable e-cigarettes. Seven other companies -- Eleaf USA, Vape Deal LLC, Majestic Vapor LLC, E Cigarette Empire LLC, Ohm City Vapes Inc., Breazy Inc., and Hina Singh Enterprises (doing business as Just Eliquids Distro Inc.) -- were sent warning letters about selling unauthorized e-liquids that imitate packaging for food products that often are marketed and appeal to youth, such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, Twinkies, Cherry Coke, and popcorn, or feature cartoon characters, the FDA said.
The 10 companies have 15 working days to respond to the FDA about correcting the violations and face a variety of penalties if they do not take action.