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FDA slaps sites for selling e-cigarettes to kids

US regulators banned e-cig sales to minors five weeks ago. Now two dozen websites could face fines for repeat violations.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is clamping down on illegal online sales of e-cigarettes, sending 24 letters to websites for selling to people under 18 years old, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Last month, the agency assumed responsibility for overseeing e-cigarettes. It released the letters Thursday, giving the sites 15 days to respond with plans to prevent future sales to minors. Repeat offenders face a $275 fine.

The FDA also warned 28 offline retailers of cigars and e-cigs and three letters to websites selling cigars.