Industry Update: Regarding recent vapor related health concerns

To Our Valued Consumers, Retailers and the Public at Large,

You may be aware of certain headlines describing health concerns about “vaping” and, specifically, recent incidents of injury or death. We would like to clarify the issues so that consumers, retailers and the public can take the necessary precautions.

Early research and data provided by Turning Point Brands scientists, as well as from the FDA and other public health entities, indicates that many of these recent tragic deaths are linked to the consumption of black market and/or adulterated THC cartridges. It is speculated, yet not fully confirmed, that a molecule called Vitamin E Acetate has been responsible for the adverse health outcomes reported in many of the cases. Vitamin E Acetate can be formed when Vitamin E and Acidic Acid are present in a formula that has a pH value below 4.8. Our preliminary analysis shows that legitimate nicotine vaping products do not contain Vitamin E Acetate and do not have pH values below 4.8. In addition, Turning Point Brands manufactured products do not contain Vitamin E Acetate.

We would encourage you to not sell black market products or thickening agents that can be used to modify products in a way that could result in the production of Vitamin E Acetate. Modification of nicotine products is not only unsafe, but illegal. Further, we would encourage retailers to educate your customers on the importance of purchasing products only from reputable sources and not modifying them for other purposes.

As always, it is important to stay educated, informed and engaged. Thank you for your inquiries, and please continue to take the time to ask questions in order to

better inform others. Hopefully, with your help, organized and responsible nicotine delivery companies can be separated from this misinformed media coverage. Turning Point Brands will continue to lead efforts to ensure quality assured products are available for our customers and the market.

What can you do as a retailer?

  1. DO NOT sell black market products.

  2. DO NOT SELL THICKENING AGENTS that can be used to modify (adulterate) products in a way that could result in the production of Vitamin E Acetate. Modification (adulteration) of nicotine products is not only unsafe, but illegal.

  3. EDUCATE your customers on the importance of purchasing products only from reputable sources and not modifying them for other purposes.

What can you do as an adult consumer of vaping products?

  1. DO NOT BUY BLACK MARKET PRODUCTS.

  2. DO NOT “hack” your vaping products with illegal or adulterated substances.

  3. IF you vape, consider ONLY reliable products from responsible manufacturers.

Best,

Charles H. Melander

Senior Vice President

Operations & Quality Assurance