ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to announce this week a sweeping ban on the sales of certain e-cigarette products at convenience stores, an effort to crack down on the underage usage of vapor products that specifically targets the c-store industry.
“That convenience stores have been singled out causes us grave concern since we are selling legal products in our stores,” Lyle Beckwith, NACS senior vice president of government relations, told the Winston-Salem Journal.
For decades the convenience industry has been leaders in age verification and responsible retailing. NACS is in touch with both the FDA and Congress on this critical issue.
NACS urges its members to contact their members of Congress and the FDA to explain the vital role of the convenience store industry as responsible retailers of legal products.
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To contact the Food & Drug Administration, please call 301-827-3101.
NACS previously commented on the FDA’s proposal and issued the following statement:
“To make progress on the issue of minors obtaining e-cigarettes, the FDA should work cooperatively with organizations like We Card and NACS that provide age verification training to tens of thousands of retailers and it should enforce the law against the most questionable actors that it has typically ignored,” said Lyle Beckwith, NACS senior vice president for government relations. “The FDA has refused to share the data it has on the inspections it has carried out of vape shops and other stores that would allow the industry to evaluate and address any shortcomings.