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Wouldn’t it be great if there were just four steps to full compliance with FDA regulations governing regulated tobacco products? For all the various FDA regulations, there are many steps necessary to comply.  Training employees is certainly one of them. However, FDA points out four “effective steps to prevent violations of the minimum age requirements for the sale of tobacco products.” They are:
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year . . . . . . with 29 Governor’s Proclamations & Letters recognizing September as We Card Awareness Month . . . seeks to boost responsible retailing awareness of tobacco, e-vapor and all age-restricted products.
Everyone seems to use their mobile phone . . . everywhere and all day long. And more and more, employees are using their phones to be productive at work.
For a limited time - We Card is offering two FREE training courses for two employees when you purchase your We Card materials - we're limiting this opportunity to the first 2,000 customers between now and December 31st. Why? Quite simply, we want you to test drive We Card's training with two of your store employees.
Good job! You've trained your employees to prevent tobacco sales to underage customers. But you're not done yet. In fact, you're at risk if your employees don't have the right tools or job aids, as professional trainers would say. Yes, they need tools. We call them "In-Store Support Materials," and they range from a sign in the window to a 365-day tear-off calendar or age-of purchase calendar.
We Card Can Help You Understand The FDA Requirements Download We Card's Understanding FDA Requirements
FDA Issues Guidance for Retailers We Card to Update Training based upon new FDA info There is a lot of big compliance news to share with you. Some of it will impact your decisions on training employees.
We often hear that carding is no big deal, that it's easy... but my response is usually, "you might think so, but it isn't." Please feel free to download and distribute to your employees. Let's think about steps...
Eleven states prohibit sales to minors... e-Cigarettes are increasing in popularity. States are adding them to the list of restricted products that should not be sold to minors. Today, 11 states consider e-cigarettes as an age-restricted product. In short order, 11 states could change to 12, 15 or even 50 states.
The most severe FDA penalty for non-compliance just might come in 2013. It's called a "NO SALE" order, and it's reserved for tobacco-selling businesses with "repeat and serious violations." You might think there's no need to worry about your store, but let's consider the process that's underway.

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