The FDA has opened a criminal investigation into vaping
The Food and Drug Administration opened a criminal investigation into the vaping supply chain earlier this summer, it has emerged. The Office of Criminal Investigations started the probe following reports of a vaping-related lung illness. The agency now says more than 530 people have been affected, and seven deaths have been attributed to the illness thus far. Officials suspect a type of chemical exposure is to blame, but the cause of the illness has not yet been verified. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea. All of the cases are linked to vaping or e-cigarette use.
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SHANGHAI — China issued its starkest warning yet over electronic cigarettes , calling on the industry on Friday to stop selling and advertising the products online . A top official at the tobacco regulator told the official Xinhua news agency on Friday that many e - cigarette companies target young people
are quickly becoming an international phenomenon. China's tobacco regulators have online shopping companies to "temporarily" close online stores that sell e-cigarettes -- effectively, it's banning e-cig sales on the internet. Officials argued in the notice that this was to protect the "physical and mental health of minors," echoing concerns in the US.
It's not certain if or when the ban will end. ThisChinese retailers have pulled e-cigs, but it's considerably broader than before. In September, Juul's e-cigarettes disappeared from shelves just a week after they became available in China.
Walmart will reportedly stop selling e-cigarettes
Walmart seemingly isn't taking any chances in light of recent concerns about e-cigarettes. CNBC says it has obtained a memo indicating that the retailer will stop selling e-cigarettes at all of its US stores (including (Sam's Club) after clearing through its existing inventory. The growing levels of "regulatory complexity and uncertainty" around e-cigs is to blame, the company reportedly said. We've asked Walmart for comment. It's not hard toWe've asked Walmart for comment.
China ’s tobacco regulator threw a monkey wrench in the businesses of several vaping startups Friday when it issued a notice asking online platforms and businesses to stop selling electronic cigarette products. The move is aimed at stopping kids from buying e - cigarettes through the internet, Reuters
China 's tobacco regulator on Friday issued a notice asking e-commerce platforms and businesses to shut online stores that sell electronic cigarette products, in a move aimed at stopping minors from purchasing e - cigarettes through the internet.
This will be a serious blow to e-cig makers in China if it holds. The nation has over 300 million smokers of various kinds, and that could threaten both manufacturers and those online shops that depend heavily on e-cig sales. It might hurt China as well, with state-owned China Tobacco producing almost six percent of the nation's tax revenue. It's not surprising that China would act, though. There are concerns around the world that e-cigarette companies are targeting teens, and that's not helped by. China might be willing to sacrifice some of that tax money if it can prevent teen use and health problems.
Scammers deceive with online shops
It sounds like a real bargain: Internet shops offer smartphones, laptops or brand shoes at very reasonable prices. However, the bargain hunter experiences a nasty surprise when he unpacks the package.
Often faulty, wrong or no goods are delivered. The money is gone if the buyer has paid in advance. The consumer centers and the police give tips on how online shoppers can protect themselves from sham offers.
How does the system of counterfeit shops work?
cheaters imitate online shops of well-known brand manufacturers - for example, clothing, electronics or jewelry. They copy descriptions and pictures, so that the fake side looks as real as possible. The products are offered at cheap prices and attract so bargain hunters. Customers enter their address and payment details, pay with their credit card. However, the desired product never arrives, is fake or inferior.
How can I recognize fake shops?
The shops often look deceptively real. Consumer advocates and police advise to look closely at the imprint. The commercial register and the VAT ID number must be indicated there. If only one e-mail address is given, the website is dubious. If the prices are overly cheap and the payment is only possible by cash in advance, are the signs of a sham portal.
Which products are particularly popular?
The range of goods is extremely versatile. "This goes from the cutting-edge iPhone, which is no longer available at the dealer, to branded clothing and designer goods by Adidas, Puma, Ray-Ban or Nike," says Hans-Joachim Henschel, who works at the State Office of Criminal Investigation of Lower Saxony to prevent cybercrime ,
How often do buyers fall for the dummy shops?
In its criminal statistics, the Federal Criminal Police Office registered 74,421 cases of goods fraud on the Internet in 2015, including fake shops. Of all crimes committed on the Internet, goods fraud accounts for around 30 percent of all offenses. Goods fraud includes all cases where buyers were cheated of their goods that they had ordered and paid for.
What can honest online retailers do?
Online shops are losing the trust of customers due to fake shops, according to the retail association HDE. Over 60 percent of small and medium-sized online retailers would therefore use a seal of quality. According to a dealer survey, the most common seal is that of Trusted Shops. Buyers can enter the website of the provider there and thus check whether the seal was actually awarded. Also, the dealer association of Internet retailer awards a buyer's seal.
NYC and California sue US postal service over cigarettes .
New York City and the state of California are suing the U.S. Postal Service to stop tens of thousands of cigarette packages from being mailed from foreign countries to U.S. residents. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court blames the postal service for "cigarette tax evasion.