Tobacco is a legal product sold responsibly in convenience stores and is a category 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.
FDA is unfairly targeting convenience stores while allowing flavored e-cigarette products to still be sold in vape stores and online.
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.
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.