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AJ Cigarettes - Close Out Letter 5/14/12


Department of Health and Human Services logoDepartment of Health and Human Services

Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration
 Center for Tobacco Products
9200 Corporate Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850-3229

MAY 14 2012


VIA Electronic Mail

John Salvatore

Dear Mr. Salvatore:

The Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products has completed an evaluation of your corrective actions described in your e-mail dated May 1, 2012, in response to our Warning Letter dated April 27, 2012. Based on our evaluation, it appears that you have addressed the violations contained in the Warning Letter by no longer offering for sale flavored cigarettes on www.ajcigarettes.com to customers in the United States. Specifically, you indicated in your e-mail dated May 1, 2012, that you have removed Black Bat Vanilla Mint Filter King (Flip Top) cigarettes from your website.

This letter does not relieve you or your firm from the responsibility of taking all necessary steps to assure sustained compliance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and its implementing regulations or with other relevant legal authority. This letter also will not preclude any regulatory action should violations be observed in the future.


Ele Ibarra-Pratt
Group Leader
Promotions Advertising and Labeling Group
Office of Compliance and Enforcement
Center for Tobacco Products