WASHINGTON — In the latest salvo targeting convenience stores and gas stations for allegedly selling vaping products to minors, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a dozen letters to retailers in the convenience, dollar, grocery, gasoline and big-box retailing channels noting a high percentage of alleged violations regarding sales to minors and asking for a written plan within 30 days on how the retailers will work to end such activity.
The letters said the agency was reaching out to retailers with what it claims are a “violation rate of 15% or greater since they began inspections in 2010,” noting that 7-Eleven had a rate of 25% and Marathon had a rate of 41%.
In the most recent letters, Scott Gottlieb, outgoing FDA commissioner, said: “In addition to issuing a warning letter, civil money penalty or no-tobacco-sale order, as applicable, to violating retailers, FDA also makes retailer compliance check results publicly available in a searchable database that can be accessed by any member of the public, including by the corporate management of retailers themselves. These illegal sales must stop.”
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