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1,300 warning letters sent to retailers for selling e-cig products to minors

U.S. health officials say teenage use of e-cigarette has reached ``epidemic'' levels and are calling on the industry to address the problem or risk having their flavored products pulled off the market.  


The Food and Drug Administration sent out 1,300 warning letters and fines to retailers, including more than four dozen in Connecticut, about illegally selling e-cigarette products to minors during a nationwide undercover operation.  Among the 54 retailers in Connecticut to receive a letter were the Shell Station Main Street North in Southbury, Mobil Mart on Grassy Plain Street in Bethel, Newtown Mobil on Church Street and the North Street Shell in Danbury.


Since 2017, FDA officials have discussed e-cigarettes as a potential tool to ween adult smokers off cigarettes.

But FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the agency did not predict an ``epidemic of addiction'' among youth, mainly driven by flavored products.

Gottlieb says the five largest e-cigarette manufacturers will have 60 days to produce plans to immediately reverse underage use of their products.

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