When a cigarette company buys e-cigarette brands, the companies typically sign an exclusive contract with the manufacturer that promises the brands will never cross paths again.
In reality, it’s often the same deal.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the number of recalls and recalls related to e-cigarettes has increased by more than 200 percent in the past year alone.
That means the number has jumped from nearly 1,000 in 2017 to more than 2,300 in 2018 alone.
And with more than a dozen brands being involved in more than half of those recalls, that’s a problem.
A number of e-cig brands are still struggling to maintain their exclusivity deals.
The brands that have been affected include Altria, Reynolds, Newport, Camel, Vapesafe, and e-Juice.
All of those companies have been sued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for using their brands in devices that have failed to comply with federal standards for e-juice.
But the companies that haven’t been sued haven’t had a lot of success in their own lawsuit against the FDA.
The FDA has found that Altria’s and Reynolds’ e-liquid products, and those of the two other brands that haven�t been involved in any FDA-approved recall, do not meet federal safety standards.
And Reynolds and Altria both claim they have taken steps to address the safety issues in their products.
Altria says it has taken several steps to reduce the amount of nicotine in its e-liquids, including adding the word NOTHTHETET to their labels.
But in recent weeks, the company has faced criticism that it hasn�t done enough to improve its products.
The FDA issued a warning letter to Altria last week about its ejuice products, including its Altria Vape V2 and Altrianze e-Liquid V1, which have not yet been approved for use in inhalers.
The agency noted that the e-coli and other toxins in the liquids may have been inhaled, and that the companies are taking steps to protect consumers from this danger.
But that hasn�ts stopped the companies from trying to distance themselves from the products, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“The Altria company has had some efforts to address its product safety concerns over the past two years, and the FDA has determined that those efforts were sufficient to establish an exemption to the current safety standards,” the FDA wrote in a statement to the WSJ.
Altria has not responded to a request for comment.
It�s not just Reynolds and the two smaller brands that are in trouble.
Several other major cigarette brands, including American Spirit, Camel and Newport, also have been involved with a number of FDA recalls and recall related to their products, some of which were for non-compliance with federal safety guidelines.
Altramax, the maker of the popular Newport, has had multiple recalls involving its products over the last two years.
American Spirit also has had a number or recalls related in some way to its products, which the company did not immediately respond to requests for comment from National Review.
While the FDA said in a warning to Altramox last week that it would be taking steps in the future to reduce its exposure to e, it added that the company was taking steps “to address these risks and are taking additional steps to prevent a recurrence of this incident in the near future.”
Altramax has also received a number of recalls in the U and abroad.
In March, the FDA issued an alert about the toxic chemicals found in some Newport products, the largest recall in the company�s history.
It found that the Newport products contain anhydrous ethyl ketone, a chemical that has been linked to liver damage, kidney damage, lung cancer, and a number other serious health effects.
At the time, the American Lung Association called for a federal investigation into the Newport recall.
Earlier this month, the United Kingdom banned Altramux from selling its Newport products and issued a public warning to other brands.
According to the FDA, Altramix is also still in the process of retesting some of its Newport e-Liquids.
If the FDA determines that Altramx has violated safety standards, it could be able to revoke Altramlux�s approval to sell Newport products.