WASHINGTON, D.C., July 14, 2020 — Electronic cigarette company Puff Bar has posted a notice on the company’s website homepage saying it has “ceased all online sales and distribution in the U.S. until further notice.” The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, responded with the following statement:
“Puff Bar’s announcement on its homepage that it has ceased online sales and distribution of its electronic cigarettes in the U.S., at least temporarily, applies to dangerous products that should never have been sold in the first place. The company should immediately pull its addictive products from the market entirely in the U.S. and elsewhere. The Food and Drug Administration should never have allowed Puff Bar and other tobacco products to be sold, given they were illegally introduced into the market after the agency deemed such products under its authority. FDA inaction has enabled these products to proliferate, endangering the health of the children and adults who use them.
“The FDA should act immediately to prevent the tobacco industry from addicting the next generation of tobacco users by removing from the market all flavored tobacco products. That action should include Puff Bar and other disposable e-cigarettes and flavored e-liquids used in refillable systems that are exempted from the administration’s current policy. If the FDA does not act, Congress should pass comprehensive legislation that does the job.”
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