FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., issued a statement today, April 24, 2018, indicating, “FDA has been conducting a large-scale, undercover nationwide blitz to crack down” on the illegal sale of e-cigarettes to minors.
Back in November, The We Card Program started getting some inquiries from retailers about federal, state and local legal ages to sell tobacco and vaping products. We thought it would be a good time to reinforce this knowledge.
Your state or local laws regarding the minimum-age to sell tobacco and vaping products supersede the Federal regulation’s (see page 13) minimum-age of 18 years old.
“We Card focuses on training and education. It’s terrific to see 38 Governors show support for We Card Awareness Month. It highlights retailers’ desire to do the right thing to prevent age-restricted products to minors,” said Lyle Beckwith, Senior Vice President, Government Relations for the National Association of Convenience Stores.
That’s why during We Card Awareness Month in September, the national non-profit will focus on frontline employees – the cashiers – where the ultimate responsibility falls on whether or not to properly “card” and deny minors’ attempts to purchase age-restricted products.