New York attorney general orders vape companies to stop selling products to minors

New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office has issued an immediate cease and desist order to three vape companies for selling their products online.

James’ office alleges that Cloud X Vapes, HQD Tech USA and PodVapes all illegally sold vaping products online through their websites to New York consumers, a violation of state law and that they illegally sold products to minor, including flavored nicotine products in flavors like cotton candy, pineapple mist, green apple, and others.

“Candy and fruit flavored vaping products exist to reel teens into the dangerous habit of smoking, which is why New York banned them,” James said. “It is shameful that these companies attempted to skirt the law through sneaky, illegal online sales. We will not hesitate to hold those who put our children at risk accountable for their unlawful actions.”

New York prohibits the sale of nicotine products to those under 21 and, as of May 18, prohibits the sale of flavored nicotine products. On July 1, a law banning the sale of vaping products online and through mail order to New York consumers went into effect as well.

In November, James filed suit against JUUL labs for deceptive and misleading marketing of its e-cigarettes. And in April 2019, James led a seven-state coalition to urge the Food and Drug Administration to take stronger action in decreasing e-cigarette use among youths.

Liz Carey

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