Over the last decade, hundreds of localities have passed ordinances restricting or prohibiting the sale of some or all types of tobacco products. Some of these ordinances have been challenged in court, but, in most cases, the localities have prevailed. In this case, a group of retailers (the Retailers), sued Multnomah County, Oregon (the County) in January 2023 alleging that the County’s flavored tobacco product ban was unlawful. Earlier this month, consistent with the overall trend, the court ruled against the Retailers and upheld the County’s flavor ban.Continue Reading Oregon Court Upholds Local Tobacco Product Flavor Ban

FDA recently announced the issuance of warnings letters to 189 retailers found to be selling unauthorized tobacco products, specifically Elf Bars and Esco Bars.

As a result of the passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA), new tobacco products may only be sold in the U.S. if they have received marketing authorization from FDA. Products with pending premarket applications are currently subject to FDA’s enforcement discretion. According to FDA, Elf Bars and Esco Bars have neither received marketing authorization, nor have applications pending with the agency, and therefore cannot be lawfully sold.Continue Reading FDA Warns 189 Retailers of Elf Bar and Esco Bar Vapes Regarding Unauthorized Sales

On June 8, more than 50 members of Congress signed a letter addressed to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf, expressing concerns over FDA’s delays in reviewing pending Premarket Tobacco Product Applications (PMTAs) and its failure to remove unauthorized products from the market. The letter strongly urges “FDA to (1) expeditiously complete review of remaining e-cigarette PMTAs; (2) follow the science on the risks flavored [e-cigarettes] pose to youth and deny PMTAs for all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes, including menthol flavored products; and (3) increase enforcement actions against companies that make, distribute, and sell flavored products without a marketing order, especially products with a significant market share, or products that are most popular with youth.” The letter also requests that FDA respond to several questions by June 23, as summarized below (as of the date of this blog post, we are not aware of any FDA response).
Continue Reading Congress Urges FDA to Complete Its Review of E-Cigarette Applications

On October 16, 2017, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law three measures targeting non-tobacco shisha. According to one of the co-sponsors, these laws were passed in “an effort to bust the misperception that non-tobacco shisha is healthier than cigarettes when, in fact, they are not.”
Continue Reading On Heels of Anti-Tobacco Overhaul, New York City Targets Non-Tobacco Shisha