ALEXANDRIA, Va. – President Donald Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar convened a stakeholder meeting today at the White House to discuss the Administration's policy on electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). NACS President and CEO Henry Armour participated in the meeting that included industry, advocacy groups, non-profits, medical associations and state officials.
"I appreciate President Trump bringing stakeholders together today to discuss the best path forward on vaping policy. The convenience industry shares his concern with youth vaping and spends millions of dollars every year to help prevent underage consumers from obtaining these products. There are more than 153,000 convenience stores across the nation, including 95,000 single-store operators. I shared with the President our industry's view that any policy in this area should advance our health goals, be based on data, and apply equally across the economy in order to be effective. We hope and trust the Administration will follow those basic principles."