July 11, 2016
Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized final deeming rules that pertain to other tobacco products—most which are important contributors to convenience store sales. Thomas Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), answered questions about specifics that c-stores should be aware of.
By Dave Bennett, Senior Editor
Convenience Store Decisions recently sat down with Thomas Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) regarding the most pressing regulatory issues the tobacco industry faces now. With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishing its final deeming regulations May 10, he gave his take on how the deeming rules will likely impact convenience retailers and the industry.
CSD: What kinds of products are now “deemed” to be under FDA regulations?
TB: In the deeming regulations, the FDA has expanded its regulatory authority to include premium cigars, domestic cigars, pipe tobacco, e-cigarettes, e-hookah, e-cigars, vape pens, advanced refillable personal vaporizers, electronic pipes, hookah tobacco, dissolvable tobacco products and nicotine gels.
CSD: When do the deeming regulations go into effect?
TB: Generally, the deeming regulations go into effect on Aug. 8, 2016, but the FDA has various compliance periods for different regulations.