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Do You Sell Cigars Individually Without Packaging?

08/2018

New FDA Requirement Mandates Sign at Point-of-Sale

If you sell cigars – such as premium cigars – that have no packaging and are sold individually, the FDA requires a specific sign at every point-of-sale. 

This doesn’t apply to every retailer – just those who sell cigars individually without packaging.

*** FDA’s compliance deadline for this new requirement is August 10, 2018. ***

ALERT:  A U.S District court has placed an injuction on this requirement. However, you need to be prepared for this requirment if it is required once the legal matters are resolved by the court. We Card will issue an alert once the case is finalized. 

FDA’s requirements for the new sign are very specific.  In fact, FDA requires that the sign must be 8.5 x 11 inches, and posted on or within 3 inches of each cash register where payment may be made.

To assist stores in their compliance efforts for this new FDA sign requirement, We Card has a download version for you to use.  You can also create your own sign and make sure to follow FDA’s specific requirements (from size and font selection to placement). See FDA’s requirements here.  Then, to find out what the sign must say, go here.

It is unknown if FDA will support this new sign requirement by supplying a sign for free to retailers.

You may wonder if FDA plans to look for these signs while it conducts inspections – once the court case is resolved.

We think this is likely as they go about their compliance inspections looking for illegal sales of tobacco and vaping products to minors.  (And if you didn’t know , it’s illegal for any retailer to sell single cigarettes – sometimes called “loosies.”) 

Finally, just a quick reminder that this September is We Card Awareness Month.  During Awareness Month, we want to help you responsibly sell age-restricted products and comply with FDA regulations and state and local law.  So mark your calendars (there’s a reminder page just after August 31st), and make sure to order 2019 materials at www.wecard.org.  Our online training is always available, and our door is always open for your feedback on how we can improve our tools and training to help you identify and prevent the underage sale of age-restricted products.

Doug Anderson

President

The We Card Program, Inc.

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