Tobacco

Website Tracks Local Tobacco Ordinances

NATO announces capabilities of new regulatory resource
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LAKEVILLE, Minn. — Tobacco retailing association NATO has launched a new website designed to help retailers track the development and progress of state and local regulations affecting their stores.

In recent years, such regulation has affected the tobacco category on several fronts, including flavor and menthol restrictions and raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products from the federal minimum of 18 years old to 21.

The new website, known as the National Local Advocacy Alliance (NLAA), contains information on each proposed local tobacco ordinance in states across the country. Specifically, the website includes the following features: a local ordinance page listing proposed rules by state, a take-action page showing a list of pertinent officials to contact, a resource page of facts relating to specific issues and a library of adopted ordinances.

The NLAA website also includes a sign-up feature so retailers can keep informed of new local ordinances in each state. To visit the new NLAA website, click here.

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