Fifth Circuit Upholds Marketing Denial Orders for Triton Distributors’ Flavored E-Cigarette Products; Products Must Be Removed from Shelves 

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Applauds the Decision and Urges Other Circuit Courts to Uphold Similar Orders for Other Flavored E-cigarette Products. File photo: Aleksandr Yu, Shutter Stock, licensed.

WASHINGTON D.C. – On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the case of Triton Distribution v. FDA, upholding the agency’s marketing denial order (MDO) for Triton’s flavored e-cigarette products.  The FDA issued the MDO after finding that having the products on the market was not in the interest of public health.  ACS CAN filed an amicus curiae (or “friend of the court”) brief in support of the FDA when the manufacturer applied for an emergency stay of the MDO. 

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) applauds the court’s decision, which requires Triton to end all sales of their flavored e-cigarette products in U.S. markets. E-cigarette use has skyrocketed in recent years—particularly among young people—and poses major risks to users’ health and their susceptibility to cancer. 

“The FDA was doing its job when it issued an MDO to Triton requiring it to remove dangerous e-cigarettes like ‘Jimmy the Juice’ and ‘Strawberry Astronaut’ from shelves,” said Lisa Lacasse, president of ACS CAN. “With kid-friendly flavors, this industry is clearly targeting young people to lure them into a lifetime of addiction, a well-proven strategy of Big Tobacco for decades. Additionally, there is no evidence that flavors have any role in helping people who smoke traditional cigarettes quit. What research does show us is kids who use e-cigarettes are more likely to use combustible cigarettes and smoking remains the number one cause of cancer death.” 

Flavored e-cigarette products pose a serious public health risk, especially to young people, and ACS CAN urges the FDA to continue reining in Big Tobacco and the proliferation of flavored e-cigarette products. By working with local, state and federal lawmakers, ACS CAN is working fervently to help end the sale of flavored e-cigarettes products across the country. 

About ACS CAN at 20  
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) makes cancer a top priority for policymakers at every level of government. ACS CAN empowers volunteers across the country to make their voices heard to influence evidence-based public policy change that saves lives. We believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer. Since 2001, as the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN has successfully advocated for billions of dollars in cancer research funding, expanded access to quality affordable health care, and made workplaces, including restaurants and bars, smoke-free. As we mark our 20th anniversary, we’re more determined than ever to stand together with our volunteers and save more lives from cancer. Join the fight by visiting  

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