WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to companies who continue to sell flavored cigarettes online despite a ban that went into effect Sept. 22.
The sale of cigarettes containing candy and fruit flavors is prohibited under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. On Sept. 14, the FDA sent a letter to the industry as a reminder about the new rule.
The FDA has requested from each of the companies a letter within 15 days outlining any corrective actions taken. Failure to stop selling these products will result in seizure or injunction, according to the FDA.
“FDA takes the enforcement of this flavored cigarette ban seriously,” said Lawrence Deyton, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, in a statement. "These actions should send a clear message to those who continue to break the law that FDA will take necessary actions to protect our children from initiating tobacco use.”
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