Customs and Border Protection agents seized dozens of boxes of unauthorized e-cigarettes from China during a week-long investigation targeting counterfeit or unauthorized products at DFW Airport. The 42 shipments from China were headed to destinations across Texas.
Customs agents say that while the products appeared to resemble those from the Puff Bar e-cigarette brand, they had not been approved by the FDA. Those unapproved products can be manufactured in unregulated facilities with potentially dangerous ingredients.
"The FDA continues to prioritize enforcement against e-cigarette products, specifically those most appealing and accessible to youth," said Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products. "This seizure makes clear to tobacco product manufacturers, retailers and importers that the FDA is keeping a close watch on the marketplace and will hold accountable those companies that violate tobacco laws and regulations."
The boxes intercepted at DFW Airport contained more than 33,000 e-cigarette unites with a retail value of just over $719,000.