FDA Warning Letters Issued for Selling E-cigarettes, E-liquids, and Cigars to Minors
E-cigarette and hookah use by youth continues to rise dramatically, and cigar use remains high. To protect kids from a lifetime of nicotine addiction, FDA has taken steps to restrict youth access to all tobacco products. Provisions restricting the sale of newly regulated tobacco products to kids went into effect August 8 and are being enforced. FDA announced today it has taken action against 55 tobacco retailers [PDF – 66KB]
by issuing the first warning letters for selling newly regulated tobacco products—such as e-cigarettes, e-liquids, and cigars—to minors. During compliance checks at major national retail chains, tobacco specialty stores, and online retailers, children were able to purchase some of these newly regulated tobacco products in a variety of flavors that appeal to youth, including bubble gum, cotton candy, and gummy bear.
Learn more about FDA’s compliance program—and the enforcement process for those who do not adhere to these provisions—by clicking here.