Regulation & Legislation

Regulation & legislation news affecting the convenience store industry
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Voters to consider repealing ordinance prohibiting tobacco flavors

SAN FRANCISCO -- In what could become a new strategy to fight back growing efforts to ban flavored-tobacco products, voters in San Francisco will go to the polls June 5 to decide whether to repeal a 2017 ordinance that would take those products—including the popular staple menthol—off store shelves...


App now accounts for states with tobacco-purchase ages of 19 or 21

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its age-checking app to account for the many municipalities and states that have changed the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 19 or 21. In July 2017, the FDA released a free, voluntary smartphone...

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Chain will test paper straws in effort to limit waste

CHICAGO -- Environmentally conscious shareholders are petitioning McDonald’s to begin phasing out its use of plastic straws worldwide. The international consumer group called SumOfUs is citing the damage the plastic devices can do to oceans and marine life. The consumer advocates are asking the...

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Agency publishes three new notices of proposed rulemaking
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First drugstore chain joins grocers in limiting sales to consumers 16 and older
QuikTrip voices concerns about $1-per-pack increase
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Sweetened-beverage tax stirs illegal sales from outside the state: report
Lawmakers react to increase in teens treated for acute intoxication
The industry awaits further moves from the FDA