SALEM, Ore. — A Florida-based company was fined $95,000 and is now banned from selling electronic cigarettes in Oregon.
Oregon Attorney General John Kroger made the announcement Monday after the Oregon Department of Justice filed a lawsuit last year against Smoking Everywhere. It claimed the company misrepresented the safety of e-cigarettes and marketing practices geared toward minors.
“This settlement will help protect our teens from unsafe products,” said Attorney General Kroger.
Electronic cigarettes simulate the look and experience of a conventional cigarette. Smoking Everywhere’s e-cigarettes include a battery-operated heating element and replaceable plastic cartridge that contains various chemicals, including liquid nicotine. The heating element vaporizes the liquid for inhalation.
The Oregon Attorney General’s Office says Smoking Everywhere did not seek FDA approval prior to releasing its e-cigarettes for distribution. It says although no evidence has been offered to support such claims, Smoking Everywhere marketed e-cigarettes as a safe alternative to traditional tobacco products. Yet a recent FDA analysis found e-cigarettes contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals.