Pharmaceutical Nicotine Targeted By FDA

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Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of information to go on.  However, the following if likely something the electronic cigarette community would be interested in learning about.  Sounds like the FDA has been seizing shipments of pharmaceutical nicotine for undetermined reasons.

Tasty Vapor owner Geoff Braithwaite has confirmed that a shipment of 12 kilograms of pharmaceutical nicotine was seized.  That’s about 3 one-gallon jugs by our calculations.  According to Braithwaite, the seizure may have occurred because the content was mislabeled as multi-purpose cleaner.  But his company isn’t the only victim.

There are unconfirmed reports that many bigger companies have lost shipments to the FDA.  Among them possibly, pharmaceutical company Glaxosmithkline (makers of Nicorette gum), tobacco company R.J. Reynolds, and electronic cigarette vaporizing liquid supplier Johnson Creek.  A recent shipment to Johnson Creek that was seized is believed to have been around 240 kilograms (that about 550 pounds).

Initial rumors seemed to suggest that the FDA was targeting electronic cigarette company shipments as a way to slow down and impede growth of the industry.  However, it now appears that the FDA is targeting any pharmaceutical nicotine shipment and has been doing so since about November.  Some industry leaders in the e-cig world have yet to have this problem.  Others did not respond by the time of this post.

We’re continuing to dig for information.  Has the FDA decided all pharmaceutical nicotine is to be tested and checked out?  Or is there something more concerning at play (like, say, contamination) that the FDA isn’t talking about yet?  This is all conjecture right now.  Hopefully we’ll have more for you soon.

EDIT: Email contact from representatives at the FDA inform us that they are not aware of any seizures of pharmaceutical nicotine.

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  1. chuckss says

    Interesting, especially since they havent disclosed the reason for the seizures.

  2. sonicdsl says

    Wow…they’re at it again! Someone needs to file a FIA to get the reasoning behind this. Sounds like what they were doing back in 2009 when seizing e-cigs before they got sued.

  3. mrcrunch08 says

    This regulation stuff is getting insane. Vendors try to use the safest product and get their stuff taken. WTF!!!

  4. jazon says

    I think the government and all its agency’s these days are bought and payed for by big tobacco,banks,oil and media company’s
    if anything does not include profit or affect’s there profit then they fight it tooth and nail until they can make it illegal or make it so heavily regulated that is is no longer profitable for anyone.

  5. ManuDawg says

    Are they seizing shipments to vendors or also shipments to customers? I would have thought, other then price hikes due to panic buying and the laws of supply and demand, the FDA would not make a move until after deeming regulation. After the whole Smoking Everywhere & Njoy suit and ruling that the FDA must release shipments I would have thought they would make sure the law is behind them before they make a move.

  6. mongrel says

    Well I’m already noticing some of the DIY vendors have been out of stock for too long. Being new to DIY, I’m not sure how normal that is.

    I sure as hell hope this is not the beginning of the end.

  7. Ralph says

    fda loves to be annoying and waste money

  8. Michelle says

    Blah Blah Blah!!!
    Fear Media

  9. Holden says

    Huhh 😮

  10. hallucinoJEN says

    If the FDA is seizing nicotine from Big Pharma and Big Tobacco, then it’s probably not either one of their decisions. Why would they have their own shipments seized?

    Thanks for the heads up, and I will be following this news closely.

  11. Chad says

    Seems like they should seize something better.

  12. slap_maxwell says

    Indeed, Klaus — it’s time to file a Freedom of Information Act request to see what you can dig up.

  13. Moxie says

    Wow, that is scary! Wonder what happened that is making them seize shipments? If big T and P was in it, then they are probably having theirs returned, so that the ecig community doesn’t get in an uproar! Or, maybe there is a problem with their nic suppliers? Do you know what companies they use?

  14. MrsCasey says

    I think it is really too soon to speculate on what actually happened. This is gonna cause panic and we don’t need that. Wizard Labs is showing out of stock because they had a large amount of orders come in when they were moving and they want to fill those orders before they take more. My Freedom Smoke ran a huge sale on Nic and sold out but they expect to be re-stocked by the 21st. Is the only verifiable source claiming their e-liquid was confiscated a Vendor who has already said it could be due to mislabelling? I don’t see any other vendor names and the GSK & RJ Reynolds reports are unconfirmed. Unfortunately at this time I only see this article as causing more panic, more hoarding and stocking up on nicotine and causing more shortages and possibly higher prices.

  15. Sylvie says

    well my opinions went out the window after reading Mrs.Casey’s comment first…she makes sense unlike my still sleeping brain did when it started thinking about major DIY vendors being out of nic and this could be right, its wrong, mrscasey is more than likely right.. As for FDA doing this, its no surprise, they and other government agencies seem to have invented their own unwritten laws to do whatever the heck they want!!

  16. Jason says

    The FDA dose not seize shipments.

  17. Jim says

    The e-cig companies or owned by the tabaco companies. Do your research. This is a fad that will fail.

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  19. Amanda says

    interesting indeed

  20. Morrinb says

    I’m not going to get worked up over this until more information is known. Right now there isn’t enough to do more than speculate.

  21. kkneale says

    Thanks everyone for your comments. I wanted to be very clear that all this is conjecture based on a few details (mostly unconfirmed or unproven). I was rapidly finding that without more information, we won’t know anything anytime soon. i can’t even file an effective freedom of information act without some more solid details. I felt it better to make the issue public, turn some heads towards it, and maybe more would come to light.

  22. BlueMist Rob says

    Unfortunately, this isn’t new. I own BlueMist Vaping, and we had a total of 15kg of pure nicotine seized over a few shipments.
    Customs officials in one case sent no notice to either me or the shipping company, and in the rest the notices arrived too late to do anything (30 days to appeal, letter with case number and location postmarked a day before the deadline and sent first class)

    The FDA is leaning on customs to make life difficult.

  23. Amanda says

    Like Morrin said….just speculate

  24. GhOsT DoGg 79 says


  25. Karla Lyle (MsV8PR) says

    I hope it was just because it was islabeled or some rule wasn’t followed and not because it was nicotine. The stuff the gov’t can and does do is just ridiculous.

  26. Donald Hammond says

    Hope this doesn’t become a trend.

  27. John "Shub" Fellhoelter says

    I’d like to know the full story and reasons as to why. It’s a little hazey, but I already wanna jump to conclusions and wanna recommend trying to SUE THEIR ASSES..

  28. slap_maxwell says

    To be honest, I don’t trust anyone associated with the government as far as I can throw them. And I damn sure don’t trust Customs, TSA or the FDA….

  29. Courtney says

    Id like to see them do this to tobacco companies!

  30. saboinia says

    agreed file a FIA with a petition

  31. johnnyvapes says

    Let’s think positive! Maybe they are looking to see the quality of the nicotine we are vaping Vs. the quality of nicotine in the government controlled nicotine products.

    There may be some good to come out of this. I know I would rather vendors give me a better, safer grade product then to have a product out there that may harm me or even kill me. After all we started vaping to use a product that was safer for us in the first place isn’t it?

    I just hope the government isn’t using it to try and obtain a reason to ban vaping. Product does need some for of regulation and someone in the vaping community should step up and form a regulating body before the government does.

  32. imtheboss says

    very intirsting.

  33. Zane says

    Interesting. Hmm.

  34. the walking dead season three says

    OMG! This is the funniest comment ever! Odd they look more and more alike in that last photo. Squint eyes.

  35. Holly DeLain says

    Not sure what the heck that last comment was about but…

    Just seems a bit odd! You would think that they would at least put something out there as to the reason for the seizures. The fact that it is completely hush hush is what bothers me the most. Heck… put something out … contamination, testing, the aliens made me do it! Just something! That they get away with just “taking” it is crazy@!

  36. Hannah says

    Thats messed up, the FDA should keep there nose in contaminated foods, and illegal drugs.

  37. flux83 says

    I have heard of this happening alot in Canada but thats messed up its happening here.

  38. Shanon says

    In January I had a shipment of E-Liquid held for two weeks before FDA and Customs would release the shipment along extra fees. At least it did get released.

  39. John says

    Since when does the government tell you anything unless it is a lie?

  40. Rob says

    We just had an order of cartomizers and ecig kits seized by US Customs with very little explanation and from what I understand, there’s nothing at all we can do about it! The Customs agent said that they are now focusing on ecigs more and will seize any shipment they see. We have our cartomizers made in a factory in China just like every other supplier that I know and they come in our store packaging, yet they are saying that the cartomizers are counterfeit. It doesn’t make sense to me…

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