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New FDA Tobacco Compliance Webinar Available for Retailers

Gives tips on proper age-verification procedures
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LAKEVILLE, Minn. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a new webinar titled “Tips for Retailers: Preventing Sales to Persons Under 21 Years of Age.”  The webinar provides an overview of resources and point-of-sale materials the agency makes available to retailers that may assist in preventing the sale of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 21. 

Specifically, the webinar focuses on following topics:

  • Tobacco 21 age laws (T-21)
  • Retailer training programs
  • FDA training and POS age of sale materials
  • Age verification systems and technologies
  • Conducting internal compliance checks
  • Hiring and management practices

Regarding proper age-verification procedures, the webinar explains that acceptable forms of photo identification include the following:

  • Driver’s license or other state photo identification card
  • Federally recognized Native American tribal-issued photo identification
  • U.S. or foreign government-issued passport
  • Canadian provincial driver’s license or Native American/Norther Affairs Canada ID card
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766 Work Permit)

To watch the FDA webinar, click here: Tips for Retailers: Preventing Sales to Persons Under 21 Years of Age

Thomas A. Briant is the executive director of NATO, a tobacco retailing association based in Lakeville, Minn. Reach him at info@natocentral.org.

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