A few months ago we sent letters to the FDA reflecting our concerns over the issue of banning flavors of tobacco products (including e-cigarettes). The battleground is moving to Congress. This is a call to action to relay our concerns to Capitol Hill. There is a link below to assist you in articulating those concerns. from NACS. Click here for those pre-drafts or click below. Many thanks to Jason Nevin from Core-Mark for passing this along to us!
As you are aware, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially announced on November 15 that they plan to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarette products in areas that are not age restricted like convenience stores.
The Washington Post reported, “‘Our aim is to make sure no kid can access a fruity flavor product in a convenience store,’ said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who predicted the new restrictions would ‘eliminate those sales.’ He added that any stores that want to sell fruit-flavored e-cigarette products ‘need to age-restrict completely or have a separate room that is age-verified. A curtain or a partition won’t cut it.’"
The agency is unfairly targeting convenience stores while allowing these products to still be sold in vape stores and online. This assault on our stores must be stopped.
For decades the convenience industry has been a leader in age verification and responsible retailing. NACS is in touch with the White House, FDA and Congress on this critical issue.
But we need your help with our efforts. Over the last few weeks, members of the convenience store industry have sent more than 2,200 emails to Capitol Hill, and we need to keep up the momentum. We have pre-drafted a new letter for you to send to your Congressional Representatives today with just one click here.
Please contact your Members of Congress today to ask them to protect the vital role our industry plays as responsible retailers of legal products.
Thank you for your help!
Director, Government Relations