Utah Hits E-Cig Cos. With $1.1M In Fines Over Deceptive Ads

By Jonathan Randles (August 27, 2014, 5:51 PM EDT) -- Utah regulators said Wednesday that three electronic cigarette e-retailers are facing a total of $1.1 million in fines after the state cited them for claiming in advertising that e-cigarettes are a healthier alternative to regular cigarettes and for billing customers who believed they purchased the items as part of a free trial.

The Utah Department of Commerce said it has issued hundreds of citations against Vapex LLC, Sinless Vapor LLC and Ozn Web LLC for violations of the state's consumer protection and telephone fraud prevention statutes. The department said state investigators received hundreds of customer complaints from across the U.S. about...

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