Some truckstop and travel plaza operators still derive a substantial portion of their sales from tobacco products.  Because this is such a heavily regulated area, it is imperative that NATSO members understand their legal obligations as tobacco retailers.

In 2009, Congress passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.  This legislation gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate the manufacture, marketing, and retail sale of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products.  FDA has also finalized a rule expanding its authority to cover e-cigarettes as well as traditional cigarettes.  This will subject e-cigarettes to similar sales and marketing restrictions that are currently applicable to cigarettes.  

FDA is currently working with state enforcement agencies to conduct undercover inspections of tobacco retailers to ensure that they are complying with federal requirements.  NATSO has prepared a document outlining the various issues that these inspections will cover, as well as how retailers should respond if they are accused of violating the law. 

Tobacco-Related Summary and Compliance Guides For Truckstops and Travel Plazas


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