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Q: Can I buy clove cigarettes overseas and have them imported? Will they be seized?

Written on: November 23rd, 2009 in Q & A's

cloves1A:   In September, the FDA banned flavored cigarettes, including clove cigarettes.  It is now illegal to manufacture, import, distribute, or sell flavored cigarettes.

The FDA is working to ensure illegal imports do not reach consumers and your purchase may in fact be seized.  In a recent  media briefing, the FDA stated, “We’ve established procedures at the border to watch for products which violate this ban to prevent them from entering the United States.”

The FDA has also created a website devoted to information concerning the ban: http://www.fda.gov/flavoredtobacco

Menthol cigarettes and flavored pipe tobacco are not affected by this ban.

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