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September 17, 2014

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Las Vegas company gets FDA warning about electronic cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning this week to five companies, including one in Las Vegas that makes electronic cigarettes, saying some are making unproven health claims, the Associated Press reported.

E-Cig Technology Inc. of Las Vegas is one of the five companies the FDA said it sent warning letters. The companies make e-cigarettes or components for the plastic and metal devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution in a disposable cartridge, creating vapor that the smoker inhales.

It said the companies are violating the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, including unsubstantiated claims and poor manufacturing practices, the AP reported.

As for E-Cig Technology, the FDA said it is even selling liquid forms of erectile dysfunction and weight-loss drugs that can be used in an e-cigarette, the AP reported.

The FDA requested the companies let the agency know within 15 business days how it plans to correction the violations.

E-Cig Technology is listed at 2451 N. Rainbow Blvd., in Las Vegas. Company officials could not be reached for comment.

The other companies are based in Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Florida.

The FDA sent a letter to the Electronic Cigarette Association saying that its actions aren’t meant to be seen as an effort to ban battery-powered electronic cigarettes.

Public health groups say the cigarettes contain dangerous chemicals and are being marketed to children.

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