FDA Warns 1,200 Retailers Over Underage Tobacco Sales

Law360, New York (November 10, 2011, 11:15 AM EST) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent out warning letters to some 1,200 retailers, most of whom were marketing and selling tobacco to minors, the agency said Thursday.

If the retailers fail to comply with the FDA’s directives to stop their sale of tobacco products to underage customers, the agency could take regulatory action including civil money penalties, no-tobacco-sale orders, seizure or injunctions, according to the letters.

“It should worry every parent that 20 percent of U.S. high school students smoke cigarettes,” FDA Commissioner Margaret...
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