On February 6, 2020, a new federal law took effect that prohibits the sale of unauthorized flavored vapor cartridges. Tobacco and menthol cartridges remain legal and can stay on the shelf, but any other flavors––especially those targeted at teens––must be removed immediately.
Regardless of where you stand on this issue, it’s important your convenience store complies. A recent report from the National Associaton of Convenience Stores (NACS) said several member retailers recently reported visits from undercover Food and Drug Administration agents.
The organization doesn’t mince words in its press release, either: “NACS strongly urges all retailers to take precautions to ensure that products are removed from stores as soon as possible to prevent any inadvertent sales.”
This rule applies to any unsold inventory as well. Make sure you take the necessary precautions to dispose of it correctly. This means packaging and sealing the remaining flavored e-cigarette cartridges and storing them in an area of your store that the public can’t access until you’re able to send everything back to the supplier.
If you haven’t already taken these steps, there’s no better time to get started. Breaking federal law comes with serious consequences, including hefty fees and fines. In a worst-case scenario, they might even shut down your business. It just isn’t worth it. To take a closer look at the FDA’s list of enforcement priorities, click here.