Orgeon - files lawsuit against e-cigarette company -


August 19, 2009 - Oregon Department of Justice (Senior Assistant Attorney General David Hart handled the case for the Department of Justice) filed two settlements Thursday, July 30th that prevent two national travel store chains from selling "electronic cigarettes" in Oregon. The action is the first of its kind in the country and prevents Oregonians from buying potentially dangerous products that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve. (Oregon - electronic (e) cigarettes sales prohibited until approved by FDA..)

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger today, August 18th filed a lawsuit against Smoking Everywhere, alleging that the Florida-based "electronic cigarette" company made false health claims about its nicotine delivery device and targeted children with sweet flavors such as bubblegum, chocolate and cookies ‘n' cream.

Electronic cigarettes are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and some contain known carcinogens. As a general rule, nicotine products other than traditional tobacco products used to get a nicotine "buzz" or to quit smoking are considered by the FDA to be drugs and must be submitted for pre-approval. Prior to approval, the FDA requires manufacturers to submit reliable scientific evidence that proves the product is safe and effective for its intended use.

Oregon recently reached legal settlements with three retailers prohibiting them from selling e-cigarettes in the state until they meet state and federal standards. Oregon also reached an agreement with another e-cigarette company, Sottera, Inc., the national distributor of NJOY, which prohibits it from doing business in Oregon until local and national standards are met. The Oregon Attorney General Kroger filed a lawsuit against Smoking Everywhere who refused a similar settlement offer.

Attorney General Kroger: "We're fighting to make sure kids are protected from unapproved gimmicks like e-cigarettes that get them hooked on nicotine."

Reference: Electronic Cigarette Lawsuit, KOHD abc News, 8/18/2009.

Related news brief: Smoking Everywhere - e-cigarette distributor...

2 comments:

  Atrocities R Us

December 17, 2009 at 11:32 PM

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  Atrocities R Us

December 17, 2009 at 11:34 PM

Alright so first of all children can NOT buy these products. They are very thorough when selling these products. ALSO The E cigarettes are already treated as a traditional cigarette when being sold. You must be 18 years of age (same as traditional cigarettes) and you must have Identification (e.g. a state issued identification or drivers license) the ingredients found and used in e cigarettes are ALL organic substances! It is not going to harm you. As a smoker I have noticed the new 'fire safe' cigarettes now being shipped all over the country, are very much not even close to being fire safe. While smoking these so called 'fire safe' cigarettes you must continuously relight the cigarette in which the cigarette may burst into flames (which I have experienced), also when the cigarette goes out if you do not relight the cigarette and simply puff on it until it reignites, the lit paper of the cigarette flakes off and it is more of a danger of catching furniture, clothes and car interiors on fire or burning your skin. Smoking these 'fire safe' cigarettes has caused many problems as far as health goes in my household. Seeing as there are three adults living here and all three of us smoke. There are countless holes in my furniture because of this along with countless articles of clothing. Not too mention the fact that everytime I in particular smoke one of these fire safe cigarettes my body temperature goes from its normal 96.8 degrees, to nearly 100.3 degrees I have taken record of this for the past week. It also causes nausea and physical discomfort along with smoking more cigarettes in one day. Yesterday alone I do believe that i had smoked more than 3 packs myself. I felt as though my desire for nicotine had not been met. It is almost as though they have completely eliminated the nicotine from the cigarette itself and replaced it with an even more addictive substance. My roommates have experienced relativly the same side effects and results of smoking these fire safe cigarettes. I have conducted research along side with one of my room mates and we have discovered that we are not the only people who are suffering from the disadvantages of this newly approved change to our cigarettes. We along with various other smokers in the United States feel that the FDA has over stept their boundaries in regulation of traditional cigarettes. They have continuosly approved the addition of harmful chemicals such as Benzene, Formaldehyde, Ammonia, Acetone, Arsenic and Hydrogen Cyanide. They have added this new chemical to traditional cigarettes to promote fire safety in households. This chemical we have discovered to be used in various harmful and harsh products that should not be consumed by anything human or animal like. If they want Smokers to be fire safe, what is the problem with e cigarettes? If the FDA was truly concerned about the safety of households from fires then they would not even flinch at the idea of an e cigarette because they are completely fire safe, even if you were to try to say that the water or vapor has the possiblitly of causing an electrical fire it is nearly impossible for anything like that to happen. Basically what I'm saying is that this is only the tip of the iceberg, the FDA is showing that they are nothing but greedy, money hungry, and corrupt. They are not doing their job and if anything they are doing the exact opposite.