The U. S. Customs and Border Protection is cracking down on illegal vape products. Customs officers seized more than $200,000 worth of unapproved disposable products destined for western Pennsylvania on Aug 11.
Customs officers at the Port of Philadelphia since June, have racked up 48 combined seizures worth an estimated $444,000, according to news reports.
According to customs, eight shipments of counterfeit and unapproved e-cigarettes destined to Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties were seized at the Port of Philadelphia between June 4 and Aug. 11.
The shipments included 30,400 e-cigarette pods under brand names Eonsmoke, Pop, Puff, and St!k and Bidi.
All of the products were shipped directly from China or Hong Kong, according to reports.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters notifying ten companies, including Cool Clouds Distribution Inc. (doing business as Puff Bar), to remove their flavored disposable e-cigarettes and youth-appealing e-liquid products from the market because they do not have the required premarket authorization.
These new actions are part of the FDA’s ongoing, aggressive effort to act against illegally marketed tobacco products amid the public health crisis of youth e-cigarette use