According to the NACS State of the Industry Report of 2014 Data, sales of tobacco products (cigarettes and other tobacco products) represent approximately 38% of in-store sales at U.S. convenience stores. Tobacco is a legal product and one that is important to the economic viability of the convenience store industry.  

NACS supports retailers verifying age on e-cigarette purchases to most responsibly sell these products long before FDA proposed its deeming rule. NACS supports its members’ ability to sell these products responsibly.

Roll-Your-Own Tobacco
The cigarettes produced with pipe tobacco at a lower tax rate put retailers who sell legal products and pay the applicable cigarette taxes at a considerable disadvantage.

FDA Regulation of Tobacco
In an effort to reduce the incidence of smoking, particularly among minors, and to improve the safety of tobacco products, Congress passed a law giving the Food and Drug Administration regulatory authority over the manufacturing and retailing of tobacco.