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Over $18 Million in Unauthorized E-Cigarette Products Seized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Our firm has navigated through many legal battles on behalf of clients contending with seized shipments of e-cigarettes.  The recent news release issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) marks the first time we have seen a joint effort from the agencies regarding vapor products.

In a joint federal operation at the Los Angeles International Airport, the agencies announced the seizure of approximately 1.4 million units of unauthorized e-cigarette products, including brands such as Elf Bar.  The estimated retail value of the seized products was said to be more than $18 million.

During this three-day operation, shipments containing illegal e-cigarettes were specifically targeted, focusing also on brands popular among youth.  FDA Commissioner, Dr. Robert M. Califf emphasized the agency’s commitment to preventing the flow of illegal e-cigarettes into the United States, particularly those appealing to younger demographics.

Elf Bar, according to the 2023 National Youth Tobacco Survey, is the most used brand among youth e-cigarette users.  In a recent blog, we took notice of FDA’s enforcement action against distributors of Elf Bar.  For more information click the button below.

Our firm has extensive experience in handling issues related to seized e-cigarette shipments.  We can provide crucial insights and expert guidance tailored to the unique challenges faced by your business. With our experience and expertise navigating FDA regulations, we can assist you in creating compliance strategies that align with your business goals and specific needs.


Don't let regulatory challenges hinder your success. Stay informed, stay compliant, and stay ahead of the competition. Have questions? Contact our office today at 917-546-6997 and we would be happy to speak with you.

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