• April 13, 2024

FDA Sends More Warnings                                              

 FDA Sends More Warnings                                              

Image: Mucahiddin

Image: Mucahiddin

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent warning letters to seven online retailers for selling unauthorized e-cigarette products. The warning letters cite the sale of popular and youth-appealing disposable e-cigarette products marketed under the brand names Elf Bar, EB Design, Bang, Cali Bars and Lava.

These warning letters were informed by the FDA’s ongoing monitoring of multiple surveillance systems to identify products that are popular among youth or have youth appeal, according to the agency. Findings released last week from the 2023 National Youth Tobacco Survey found that more than half of current youth e-cigarette users reported using the disposable e-cigarette brand Elf Bar; earlier this year, the manufacturer of Elf Bar began marketing the product under the name EB Design. In addition, the brands Bang, Cali Bars and Lava were identified as popular or youth appealing by the agency following review of retail sales data and emerging internal data from a survey among youth.

“FDA’s robust surveillance of the e-cigarette landscape helps us to identify youth-appealing products and to act quickly to protect public health,” said Brian King, director of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. “The goal is to identify, prevent and reduce these risks to our nation’s youth before they escalate further.”

The retailers receiving warning letters sold or distributed e-cigarette products in the United States that lack authorization from the FDA in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Warning letter recipients are given 15 working days to respond with the steps they’ll take to correct the violation and to prevent future violations. Failure to promptly correct the violations can result in additional FDA actions, such as an injunction, seizure and/or civil money penalties.

To date, the FDA has authorized 23 tobacco-flavored e-cigarette products and devices. The distribution or sale of unlawfully marketed products is subject to compliance and enforcement action. For retailers looking for information on which e-cigarettes are legal to sell, the FDA created a printable, one-page flyer of these authorized products. This information is also available on the FDA’s website.