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FDA takes action to protect consumers from vaping products with unproven health claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to certain companies selling "wellness" vaping products containing vitamins and/or essential oils. These products are being illegally sold with unproven claims and could be harmful if used. Currently, no vaping products are approved by the FDA to prevent or treat any health conditions or diseases.

Some vaping products are being illegally offered for sale with unproven health or wellness claims, including improving mental clarity or treating tumors or asthma. 

Beware of vaping products with unproven wellness claims

Warning Letters

Firm Product Name and Image*
Eagle Energy USA, Inc. “Caffeine Pen” products
NV Nutrition, LLC “Vaporizer" and "diffuser” products
VitaCig, Inc. "VitaCig" products
Vitamin Vape, Inc. B12 VITAMINVAPE”
VitaStik, Inc. “VitaStik” products

*Product name linked to Flickr image

What are FDA’s next steps? 

The letters provide the companies notice and request that they take prompt action to address any violations of the law. If companies refuse to comply, the FDA may take enforcement actions to prevent the products from reaching consumers.

What are the risks of using vaping products with health claims? 

In addition to the unproven health claims, these vaping products may present other risks. Inhaled products can be dangerous and even may trigger severe coughing, cause airway tightening, and make speaking and breathing difficult. Also, there’s no way to know if these vaping products making health claims contain ingredients or impurities that may cause or make these symptoms worse, or cause permanent damage.

Reporting Problems

Consumers and health care professionals should report adverse events or side effects related to the use of vaping products to the FDA.  

  • If you think a vaping product may have caused you or someone you know to have a serious reaction or illness, immediately stop using the product and contact your health care professional
  • You can report the serious adverse event or illness online or by calling the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088, or by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178. 
  • If you know of a vaping product being sold as a dietary supplement or claiming to cure, treat, mitigate, or alleviate the symptoms of, or prevent health conditions and diseases, you can notify the FDA by going to our Reporting Unlawful Sales of Medical Products on the Internet page. 
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