Topics: Tobacco

FDA Releases T-21 Website

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a website to help retailers comply with the new federal minimum age to purchase tobacco products. Tobacco retailers should use this website as a resource for compliance materials as they are made available. More

FDA Issues Final Rule on Health Warnings for Cigarette Packages

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FDA Issues Tobacco 21 Statement

FDA Issues Tobacco 21 Statement

The Food and Drug Administration on Jan. 15 issued a statement clarifying for retailers that as of Dec. 20, 2019, it is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. More

Tobacco 21 Takes Effect, NATSO Urges Delay Until Implementing Regulations Issued

The end of year appropriations legislation signed by President Trump on Dec. 20 that renewed the biodiesel tax credit also raised the federal minimum purchase age for all tobacco products from 18 to 21. Although the law wasn't expected to take effect until several months into 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a notice on Dec. 26 stating that the law is in immediate effect. Retailers cannot sell any tobacco products to customers younger than age 21. More

HHS, FDA Move to Ban All Flavored E-Cigarettes

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar announced on September 11 that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will finalize a compliance policy that would effectively ban all flavored e-cigarettes. More

FDA Moves to Restrict Flavored E-Cigarette Sales

The Food and Drug Administration issued a proposal March 13 to restrict sales of flavored e-cigarettes and require that retailers establish adult-only areas or take other steps to limit access to flavored e-cigarettes to anyone under age 18. The move marks the latest in a string of aggressive steps targeting convenience stores and other smaller format retail establishments that sell tobacco and e-cigarette products, including truckstops, in recent weeks. More

FDA Aggressively Targets, Threatens Convenience Stores over E-Cigarette Sales

In the last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken several aggressive steps that target convenience stores and other smaller format retail establishments that sell tobacco and e-cigarette and vaping products. It is part of a growing history of FDA Administrator Scott Gottlieb targeting the convenience store industry. Last year, in a televised interview on CNBC, Administrator Gottlieb specifically mentioned "truckstops" when citing stores that do not sufficiently comply with underage tobacco sales restrictions. NATSO is very troubled by such remarks and any effort to specifically target travel centers or convenience stores. More

FDA Proposes Drastic Limitation on E-Cigarette Sales

In a policy statement issued Nov. 15, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced the agency’s decision to move forward with significant restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes, flavored cigars and menthol cigarettes. More

FDA Initiates Action Targeting E-Cigarette Retailers, Manufacturers

The Food and Drug Administration has put the makers of electronic cigarettes on notice that they have sixty days to demonstrate that they can keep their devices away from minors, warning that failure to do so could resulting in flavored electronic cigarette products being removed from the market. The FDA also announced that it was sending letters to more than one thousand retailers, including convenience stores and fuel retailers -- along with issuing fines for selling e-cigarettes to minors. More

NATSO Analysis: Tobacco Policy Update

Two recent developments underscore the need for all NATSO members that sell tobacco products to ensure that they are not selling tobacco products -- including e-cigarettes and vaping products -- to minors: A recent "enforcement blitz" specifically targeting retailers of JUUL products; and the Food and Drug Administration's victory in a lawsuit allowing FDA to fine retailers for multiple violations as a result of a single inspection (which NATSO had long argued is impermissible under federal law). Together these developments underscore the need for NATSO members to have strong employee training programs in place to ensure they are complying with federal law. More

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