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Cease-and-Desist Letters Sent to E-Cigarette Companies


Back in April, I wrote a post on how e-cigarette companies were making a fortune selling and marketing Girl Scout cookie e-liquid in flavors like Thin Mint, especially to youth. After writing the blog, I wondered how these e-cigarette companies were getting away with using trademarked names to market their products.  Not only are they using Girl Scout Cookie names as their flavors but they are also using other well known “youth” brand names such as Tootsie Roll and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

At the end of May, Girl Scouts of the USA, General Mills Inc., and Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. sent cease-and-desist letters to the e-liquid companies insisting that they stop using their brand names, or else they’ll take further legal action.  I was very happy to hear that these well-known companies, which market to youth, have all taken a stand against the e-cigarette companies. Read More »

Another Story We’ve Heard Before

As (hopefully) everyone in tobacco knows now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products issued its long-awaited proposal to regulate e-cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, hookah, pipe tobacco and other tobacco products. This regulation proposes to extend basic authorities found in the Tobacco Control Act to all other tobacco products (including e-cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, hookah, and pipe tobacco), such as:

  • Registration by all manufactures with FDA, including a list of all tobacco products they sell
  • Disclosure of ingredients by manufacturers to FDA
  • Prohibit the sales of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18
  • Eliminate free sampling of all tobacco products
  • Good manufacturing practice requirements
  • Premarket review for any “new” tobacco product
  • Premarket review of any product wishing to make a “modified risk or harm” claim

A week later, this headline caught my eye on the Center’s news article feed on our website. At the end of the article the commentator urges city and county decision makers in Arizona “to wait at least for the FDA to act on the current e-cigarette proposals before proceeding on their own with more regulations.” Read More »

The City of Los Angeles’s E-cigarette Ordinance Is Now In Effect

E-cigarettes have become the topic of concern and discussion in many cities and counties across the nation. This is not surprising since e-cigarette companies have proliferated communities with their claims that their products are a safe alternative to smoking that can be used in any location. As a matter of fact, there is no evidence establishing the safety of e-cigarettes. In addition, there is no evidence that shows that the vapor emitted from e-cigarettes is safe to inhale.

E-cigarettes are available in over 250 flavors, which include Captain Crunch, gummy bear, cotton candy, and Fruit Loops. As can be seen from some of the available flavors of e-cigarettes it is clear that there is a highly targeted effort to get youth to start using e-cigarettes. All of these issues were at the forefront of the Los Angeles City Council on March 4, 2014 when they voted unanimously to prohibit the use E-cigarettes wherever cigarettes are currently prohibited. This includes indoor workplaces,parks, beaches, and outdoor dining areas. Read More »

FDA Releases Long Awaited Proposal to Regulate E-cigarettes, Cigars, and Other Tobacco Products

Federal Update: FDA Releases Long Awaited Proposal to Regulate E-cigarettes, Cigars, and Other Tobacco Products
April 24, 2014
 

This morning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products issued its long-awaited proposal to regulate e-cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, hookah, pipe tobacco and other tobacco products. When Congress passed The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, it created FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products and gave it immediate authority over cigarettes, smokeless and roll-your-own tobacco products. In addition Congress gave authority to the agency to assert jurisdiction over other tobacco products, which FDA is finally doing today. The proposed regulation would also establish 18 as the nationwide minimum age for the legal purchase of tobacco products.

This regulation proposes to extend basic authorities found in the Tobacco Control Act to all other tobacco products (including e-cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, hookah, and pipe tobacco), such as: Read More »

I Love Girl Scout Cookies!

This post is written by the Center’s wonderful new intern, Debra Levi! She is working with Marlene Gomez on all things advocacy related to help with our work in Los Angeles. 

 

Growing up, I always thought that eating Girl Scout cookies was just a normal and essential part of life. I remember the neighborhood girls would come to my door and ask my mom how many boxes she wanted to order this year. I kid you not, my mom would order at least 20 boxes of Girl Scout cookies every year, at least 15 of which would be Thin Mints. Personally, I love the do-si-dos or peanut butter sandwich cookies. And can still eat a whole sleeve of either in one sitting. (Girl Scout cookies are on my diet during cookie season, but only if I eat them after my Kale smoothies!). The fact of the matter is that Girl Scout cookies are a mandatory staple in life.  Not only are they amazingly delicious, but also selling Girl Scout cookies teaches young girls greatleadership skills that help them mature and grow into successful adults; I think everyone can support that.  The only problem is Girl Scout cookies are sold for only about 2 months out of the year, and then they disappear for the remainder of the year and you just have to hope that your 20 boxes will last you for another month.

At this point, you’re probably saying to yourself, why is she rambling on about Girl Scout cookies like they are the Holy Grail? Well, I’ll tell you!  As a tobacco control advocateand Girl Scout cookie lover and supporter, it really upsets me that E-cigarette companies are making E-juice or E-liquid in flavors such as Thin Mint, Chocomint cookie, and Samoa cookie pie. Read More »