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

Food and Drug Administration
 
Center for Tobacco Products
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20993 

 

 

VIA Electronic Mail
 
To: contact@privacyprotect.org
 
JUN 4 2015
 
 
WARNING LETTER
 
The Center for Tobacco Products of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently reviewed the website, http://www.cigbase.com, and determined that the cigarette products listed there are offered for sale or distribution to customers in the United States. Under section 201(rr) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. § 321(rr)), as amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act), these products are tobacco products because they are made or derived from tobacco and intended for human consumption.  Certain tobacco products, including cigarettes, are subject to FDA jurisdiction under section 901(b) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. § 387a(b)).
 
FDA has determined that several of your cigarette products are adulterated under section 902(8) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. § 387b(8)) because they are modified risk tobacco products sold or distributed without an FDA order in effect that permits such sale or distribution. Additionally, FDA has determined that several of your cigarette productsare adulterated under section 902(5) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. § 387b(5)) or misbranded under section 903(a)(1) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. § 387c(a)(1)) or section 903(a)(7)(A) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. § 387c(a)(7)(A)) because they purport to contain a natural or artificial characterizing flavor. 
 
Modified Risk Tobacco Product Violations
 
Our review of your website, http://www.cigbase.com, revealed that you sell or distribute the following cigarette products listed or described in product labeling or advertising as being “light,” or using similar descriptors:
 
  • Glamour Superslims Menthol (described as “light”)
  • Kiss brand cigarettes (described as “light”)
  • Magna Balanced Blue (described as “light”)
  • Pall Mall Blue (described as “Pall Mall Lights (Blue)”)
  • Prima Lux Gold (described as “ultra light”)
  • Sobranie Blue (described as “light”)
  • Sobranie Gold (described as “light)
 
In addition, our review of your website revealed the following cigarette products are offered for sale under the headings “Lights Cigarettes” and “Ultra Lights Cigarettes”:
 

      “Lights Cigarettes”
     “Ultra Lights Cigarettes”
  • Bond Special Selection
  • Camel Blue
  • Chesterfield Classic Blue
  • Davidoff Gold
  • Dunhill Fine Cut Dark Blue
  • Kent Blue Futura Nr. 8
  • Bond Special Selection
  • Camel Blue
  • Chesterfield Classic Blue
  • Davidoff Gold
  • Dunhill Fine Cut Dark Blue
  • Kent Blue Futura Nr. 8
  • Kent HDi Blue
  • Kent HDs Blue Super Slims 100s
  • Kent Nr. 6 (Spectra)
  • Kiss Dessert (mini)
  • Kiss Mohito (mini)
  • Lucky Strike Original Silver
  • Marlboro Gold
  • Monte Carlo Blue 100s
  • Parliament Aqua Blue
  • Sobranie Blue
  • Sobranie Classic Silver
  • Sobranie White Russian
  • West Black Compact
  • Winston Blue
  • Winston Super Slims Blue 100s
  • Winston XSence Blue (mini)
  • Camel Black Super Slims 100s
  • Magna Balanced Blue
  • More Balanced Blue
  • Pall Mall Blue
  • Richmond Cherry Gold Super Slims 100s
  • Richmond Cherry Super Slims 100s
  • Richmond Klan
  • Viceroy Blue
  • Bond Fine Selection
  • Bond Special Compacts
  • Camel Black mini
  • Camel Silver
  • Chesterfield Classic Bronze
  • Davidoff Blue
  • Bond Fine Selection
  • Bond Special Compacts
  • Camel Black mini
  • Camel Silver
  • Chesterfield Classic Bronze
  • Kent HDi Silver
  • Kent HDs Silver Super Slims 100s
  • Kent Silver Neo Nr. 4
  • L&M Motion Blue (mini)
  • L&M Motion Silver (mini)
  • L&M Silver Label
  • Parliament Carat Blue
  • Parliament Silver Blue
  • Vogue Super Slims Lilas 100’s
  • West Fusion White
  • Winston Subtle Silver
  • Winston XSence Silver (mini)
  • Camel White Super Slims 100s
  • Davidoff Blue
  • Dunhill Master Blend
  • Marlboro Gold Prime Edge 100s
  • Marlboro Silver
  • More Subtle Silver
  • Pall Mall Azure
  • Richmond Cherry 4
  • Richmond Masculine Super Slims 100s
  • Richmond Platinum Filter
  • Sobranie Gold
  • Viceroy Silver

 
A tobacco product with a label, labeling, or advertising that uses the descriptor “light,” “mild,” or “low,” or a similar descriptor, is a “modified risk tobacco product” under section 911(b)(2)(A)(ii) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. § 387k(b)(2)(A)(ii)). Under section 911(a) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. § 387k(a)), no person may introduce or deliver for introduction into interstate commerce any modified risk tobacco product without an FDA order in effect under section 911(g) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. § 387k(g)). A product that is in violation of section 911(a) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. § 387k(a)) is adulterated under section 902(8) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. § 387b(8)). 
 
The above listed products are modified risk tobacco products because the website uses the descriptor “light”or similar descriptors to describe these products. Because these products are sold or distributed to customers in the United States without an appropriate FDA order in effect under section 911(g) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. § 387k(g)), these products are adulterated under section 902(8) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. § 387b(8)).
 
Flavored Cigarette Violations
 
Additionally,our review of the website, http://www.cigbase.com, revealed that you offer for sale or distributethe following cigarette products: Aroma Rich Apple, Aroma Rich Rum Cherry, Kiss Mohito(mini), Kiss Super Slims Clubnichka 100s (strawberry), Kiss Super Slims Fresh Apple 100s, Richmond Cherry Gold Super Slims 100s, Richmond Cherry Super Slims 100s, Richmond Cherry 4, and Richmond Cherry.
 
These products arepurported to contain an artificial or natural flavor that is a characterizing flavor of the products. Section 907(a)(1)(A) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. § 387g(a)(1)(A)) provides:
 
[A] cigarette or any of its component parts (including the tobacco, filter, or paper) shall not contain, as a constituent (including a smoke constituent) or additive, an artificial or natural flavor (other than tobacco or menthol) or an herb or spice . . . that is a characterizing flavor of the tobacco product or tobacco smoke.
 
Cigarettes that are distributed or offered for sale in the United States in violation of this provision are adulterated under section 902(5) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. § 387b(5)). Thus, your flavored cigarette products areadulterated under section 902(5) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. § 387b(5)).
 
If, however, these cigarette products do not contain a characterizing flavor, they are misbranded under section 903(a)(1) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. § 387c(a)(1)) or section 903(a)(7)(A) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. § 387c(a)(7)(A)) as theirlabeling or advertising is false or misleading because it makes the representation that the products contain, for example, apple, rum cherry, mojito, strawberry, or cherry,as a characterizing flavor of the tobacco products.
 
Conclusion and Requested Actions
 
The violations discussed in this letter do not necessarily constitute an exhaustive list. You should immediately correct the violations that are referenced above, as well as violations that are the same as or similar to those stated above, and take any necessary actions to bring your tobacco products into compliance with the FD&C Act. 
 
It is your responsibility to ensure that your tobacco products and all related labeling and/or advertising on this website, on any other websites (including e-commerce, social networking, or search engine websites), and in any other media in which you advertise, comply with each applicable provision of the FD&C Act and FDA’s implementing regulations. Failure to ensure full compliance with the FD&C Act may result in FDA initiating further action without notice, including, but not limited to, civil money penalties, no-tobacco-sale orders, criminal prosecution, seizure, and/or injunction. Please note that adulterated and misbranded tobacco products offered for import into the United States are subject to detention and refusal of admission.
 
Please submit a written response to this letter within 15 working days from the date of receipt describing your corrective actions, including the dates on which you discontinued the violative labeling, advertising, sale, and/or distribution of these tobacco products and your plan for maintaining compliance with the FD&C Act.  You can find the FD&C Act through links on FDA’s homepage at http://www.fda.gov.
 
Please note your reference number, RW1500321, in your response and direct your response to the following address:
 
DPAL-WL Response, Office of Compliance and Enforcement
FDA Center for Tobacco Products
c/o Document Control Center
Building 71, Room G335
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002
  
If you have any questions about the content of this letter, please contact Ele Ibarra-Pratt at (301) 796-9235 or via email at CTPCompliance@fda.hhs.gov.   
 
 
Sincerely,
/S/ 
Ann Simoneau, J.D.
Director
Office of Compliance and Enforcement
Center for Tobacco Products
 
 
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