The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on products that help teens vape without getting caught because they are disguised to appear like candy, video games or hoodies. According to an alert posted by the FDA, the agency sent out warnings to companies such as Vaprwear Gear, Vapewear, Wizman Limited, EightCig, Ejuicepack, Vape Royalty, VapeCentric, Dukhan Store, VapeSourcing and Shenzen Uwell Technology. These companies could face fines, seizure of the products or legal injunction if they fail to stop making or selling these illegal products.
Sold to Young People
FDA officials say they are concerned because these companies are selling products designed to make it easy for teens to hide their vapes from adults. For example, Vaprwear Gear’s backpacks and hoodies are designed to carry a vape and deliver vapor through hoses that are discreetly woven through concealed pockets.
Other companies make vape systems that are designed to appear like video game systems, fidget spinners or smartwatches. The FDA also sent warnings to two companies that were selling e-liquid in containers that look like candy. For example, one company, Vape Royalty LLC sells e-liquid that looks exactly like a Sour Patch Kids candy. VapeCentric sells e-liquid that looks like Pocky Strawberry biscuit sticks.
In addition, the FDA has issued warning letters to 73 brick-and-mortar retailers for selling unauthorized flavored, cartridge-based e-cigarettes. This follows 22 warning letters that FDA issued last month for similar violations to online and brick-and-mortar retailers and manufacturers across the country.
Holding Manufacturers Accountable
Study after study has shown the harmful health effects of e-cigarettes and vaping products. As public health officials are struggling to educate the nation’s youth about the dangers of vaping, these types of products do an extreme disservice by teaching young people how to vape without getting caught by an adult – be it at home or at school. There is no question that this is irresponsible behavior on the part of manufacturers who should no doubt be held accountable.
If you or a loved one has suffered health effects as a result of e-cigarettes or vaping products or if you have been injured by an exploding e-cigarette, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries, damages and losses. An experienced California personal injury lawyer who has handled similar cases can help you better understand your legal rights and options.