A recent national survey conducted in the US has indicated a significant drop in teen vaping rates. On the other hand, the report showed an increase in the use of disposable e-cigarettes, which is believed to result from the fact that the ban on flavours vaping exempts disposable products.
A recent national survey has indicated a significant drop in teen vaping rates, yet an increase in the use of disposable e-cigarettes.
Before the release of this data, the FDA had already sent warning letters to ten vape businesses including Cool Clouds Distribution Inc. (doing business as Puff Bar), asking them to remove their flavoured disposable e-cigarettes off the market since they do not have the required PreMarket Authorization. These new actions are part of the agency’s efforts to remove products it considers appealing to teens from the market.
“The FDA continues to prioritize enforcement against e-cigarette products, specifically those most appealing and accessible to youth,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn. “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.”
“Despite suspending in-person inspection activities—such as retail compliance checks and vape shop inspections—due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our enforcement against unauthorized e-cigarette products has endured,” added the director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products Mitch Zeller, J.D. “These warning letters are the result of ongoing internet monitoring for violations of tobacco laws and regulations.”
Closing in on unauthorized products
Three businesses: Puff Bar, HQD Tech USA LLC and Myle Vape Inc, are receiving warning letters for illegally marketing disposable e-cigarettes, while seven others 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.), are being warned over selling or distributing unauthorized vaping products targeted to youth or likely to promote use by youth.
Last month the agency also issued warnings to manufacturers and retailers who have been selling unauthorized vaping products and related merchandise, targeted at teenagers. The merchandise included items such as backpacks and sweatshirts, designed with stealth pockets sized specifically to hold and conceal e-cigarettes.
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