FDA Targets Online Stores for Illegal Marketing of Tobacco Products

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May 26, 2011

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Prevention & WellnessQuality & Safety

 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on May 25, 2011 that it issued 11 warning letters last week to online retailers for illegally marketing tobacco products with misleading or unsubstantiated claims or descriptors indicating that they can be used to reduce harm or the risk of tobacco-related disease.

According to The Sacramento Bee, the FDA cited the online retailers for a variety of illegal marketing claims that violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, including use of terms such as: “Light”; “Low”; “Mild”; “Less toxic”; or “Safer.”

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