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FDA Issues Fact Sheet On Tobacco Warnings

Six violations in 48 months could result in a $10,000 fine. The FDA has issued a one-page fact sheet titled “Overview:  Tobacco Retailer Warning Letters.” The fact sheet explains why warning letters are issued to tobacco retailers, what a retailer needs to do if a warning letter is received and what FDA tobacco regulations apply

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Decoding Haverstraw’s Questionable Tobacco Display Ban

With various federal laws banning or limiting certain cigarette product advertising, cigarette packaging itself has become a commercially accepted form of advertising. By John Lofstock, Editor. In early April, the Village of Haverstraw, N.Y., adopted a first-of-its-kind ordinance in the U.S. that requires retailers to keep tobacco out of public view. To learn more about

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Dispelling the Myths of Tobacco Control

A response to the recent misleading “Deadly Alliance” report implicating convenience stores. By Seth A. Mailhot, Special Counsel, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP. This is the first of what will be a continuing series on the regulation of tobacco retailing. In future articles, I will address the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) regulation

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FDA’s CTP Announces Public Workshop

A Webcast of the workshop will be available, although preregistration is required. FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products has announced a Research Program Public Workshop: Expanding the Research Base for Tobacco Product Regulation. The purpose of the public workshop is to discuss FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products’ (CTP) research priorities across a broad array of disciplines;

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Robinson Takes the Helm at NACS

Incoming chairman promotes advocacy as he prepares to battle swipe fees, fuel standards and tobacco regulations in the year ahead. By John Lofstock, Editor. Renowned author and business strategist Tom Peter once said, “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” When it comes to the challenges facing the convenience store and petroleum industry over

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NACS Spends $655,000 Lobbying Government

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) spent $655,000 during the third quarter lobbying the federal government on issues related to price gouging, energy policy, credit card fees, tobacco regulation and other key business issues that impact the industry, the Associated Press reported. This year the association also lobbied the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department

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FDA to Consider IOM Report On Modified Risk Tobacco Products

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released a report on the design and conduct of studies, which the FDA will take into consideration in the assessment and ongoing review of modified risk tobacco products. A modified risk tobacco product is any tobacco product sold or distributed for use to lower the harm or risk of

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FDA Webinar Clarifies Regulations

FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) is hosting a series of webinars on federal tobacco regulations. These webinars are designed to provide FDA tobacco compliance education and information to retailers and small businesses. Each webinar includes a Q&A session to provide participants the opportunity to have their questions answered by FDA. Today, Dec. 8, 2011 from

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FDA Comments on the International Tobacco Regulators’ Conference

“It is only natural that like-minded leaders band together to combat this global threat in unison,” says the Commissioner of Food and Drugs.  This week, 65 representatives of health and regulatory agencies from 22 countries attended the International Tobacco Regulators’ Conference, hosted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization

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Tobacco Retailers Get an “A” For FDA Compliance

NATO encourages FDA to issue letters of compliance to the tobacco retailers that pass compliance inspections, as positive reinforcement. More than 96% of tobacco retailers inspected by federal contractors in 38 states and the District of Columbia were found to be in compliance with new tobacco regulations designed to prevent the sale of tobacco products

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FDA’s Requirement For Graphic Images on Cigarette Packs Blocked

A Federal Judge strikes down FDA’s graphic image requirement on packs of cigarettes until the lawsuit is resolved. A judge has blocked a federal mandate that would require tobacco companies to add graphic images to cigarette packages in 2012, the Associated Press reported. On Monday, Nov. 7, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled cigarette manufacturers

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FDA, NIH Announce Joint Tobacco Study

Tobacco use and risk perceptions will be reviewed during this collaboration—the first since the passing of the 2009 Tobacco Control Act.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have announced a joint, large-scale, national study of tobacco users to monitor and assess the behavioral and health impacts of

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NACS Chairman Jeff Miller Urges Advocacy

Approximately $3.2 million dollars. That’s the savings thus far to the convenience and fuels retailing industry and their customers since the Durbin amendment took effect just yesterday, said NACS Chairman Jeff Miller during the NACS Show Opening General Session. Miller, who is president of Norfolk, Va.-based Miller Oil Co., said that the swipe fee reform

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Tobacco Companies Fight Warning Labels

Hearing underway in U.S. Federal District Court on cigarette health warnings. Yesterday, Sept. 21, a hearing took place before U.S. Federal District Court Judge Richard Leon on a lawsuit filed by five tobacco manufacturers seeking a preliminary injunction against the implementation of the FDA’s new text and graphic picture warning labels for cigarette packages and

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FDA Seeks Comments On Draft Guidance

FDA Center for Tobacco Products posted two Draft Guidance documents and an Advance Notice of Proposed Rule-Making, and encourages retailers to review the documents and submit comments.  • Draft Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff Demonstrating the Substantial Equivalence of a New Tobacco Product: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions. This draft guidance provides information in

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FDA Cracks Down On The Illegal Marketing of Tobacco Products

“It is illegal for tobacco companies or retailers, including Internet sellers, to make unsubstantiated claims or statements that imply tobacco products reduce health risks,” says the director of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued 11 warning letters last week to online retailers for illegally marketing tobacco products with

Confused on FDA Tobacco Regulations?

If you’re confused on the myriad of FDA tobacco regulations, you’re not alone, and help is on the way. The FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products has announced the dates, times and locations of four additional retailer training sessions on the new federal tobacco regulations. These training sessions are scheduled in Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, Dallas,

Maintaining Strong Smokeless Sales

The slew of new regulations governing the sale of tobacco products has convenience store operators scratching their heads and wondering where the next assault will come from and what to do about it. For example:• The federal Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (PACT Act) went into effect on June 29, 2010. Its goal is to

FDA Retail Training Sessions Start Today

The FDA Center for Tobacco Products is holding the first of five retailer training sessions on the new federal tobacco regulations in Boston on Monday, July 19, 2010 from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. EST.  The first training seminar is scheduled at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, 110 Huntington Avenue in Boston.  The FDA encourages retailers

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co.

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. (USSTC) will launch new and improved Skoal Bandits moist smokeless tobacco (MST) pouches. Replacing the existing Bandits line, the new Skoal Bandits will come in mint and wintergreen flavors and debut at retail in August. Every can of new and improved Skoal Bandits will contain 20 compact

Are You Up To Speed On Tobacco Requirements?

On June 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will begin enforcing new requirements on tobacco products, a move that will impact retailers across the country.  To help retailers navigate the new rules, NACS will hold its second Webinar focusing on the latest round of requirements on tobacco products implemented by FDA. The Webinar

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Tobacco Products

As June 22 inches closer, the day the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products’ new tobacco regulations go into effect, the agency has responded to retailer confusion regarding the ability to sell existing inventory of tobacco products labeled “light” “mild,” etc. On Saturday, June 5, the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products issued a

FDA Republishes June 22 Tobacco Regulations

The FDA Center for Tobacco Products has republished a rule, which becomes effective June 22, 2010, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. As of June 22 the rule will impose certain restrictions on the sale, distribution, advertising and marketing of cigarettes, rolling tobacco and smokeless tobacco. The regulations in this rule do not

A Rocky Ride for RYO

Proper Handling Quality counts—especially with tobacco, something c-store operators had better keep in mind. Kevin Paige, owner of three Butthead’s Tobacco Emporiums in Danbury, Conn., said he is trying to distance himself from the c-store channel when it comes to tobacco. “Although I operated my own c-stores for over 20 years, I don’t think the

FDA Holds Retailer Web Conference

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) is developing a retailer education campaign to raise awareness about new regulations regarding the sale and distribution of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. “The retail community plays a direct role in helping us protect our kids from tobacco,” the CTP noted in a press release.

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