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Federal court lifts import ban on e-cigarettes

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia grants electronic cigarette distributors a preliminary injunction that allows them to be classified as tobacco products. The decision overturns FDA's interpretation that the products were unapproved drug devices and agrees with arguments made by law firm Latham & Watkins on behalf of Sottera, a distributor of e-cigarette brand Njoy, according to a Jan. 14 release. FDA in July warned consumers about the e-cigarettes and stopped shipments from entering the U.S. because tested lots contained toxic materials (1"The Tan Sheet" July 27, 2009)
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