Mounting Regulations Put a Chokehold on Tobacco

From: CSP Magazine

For retailers trying to navigate the changing tides of governmental rules, the only certainty is tumult.

By Angel Abcede, Senior Editor/Tobacco, CSP

MINNEAPOLIS — While the totality of new regulation—everything from minimum-wage increases to plastic-bag fees—may be slowly strangling the livelihoods of convenience retailers, the category taking the greatest hit could arguably be tobacco.

From increases in the legal age to purchase tobacco products to restrictions on where people can legally smoke, regulation is making the business of nicotine inhospitable, if not downright intolerable. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added even more intrigue at press time, with talk of new standards for nicotine levels and offering a potential lifeline to electronic cigarettes.

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