NBC Right Now has discovered a new development with roll your own cigarette stores. While stores have been closing down nationwide after lawmakers changed how the businesses are taxed, the owner of half priced smokes says he and other roll your own cigarette store owners across the country have joined forces and are working with lawyers to fight the recent state and federal laws.
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Amendments to the Smoke-Free Environments Act mean all stores, including dairies, petrol stations and speciality smoking shops, are banned from displaying tobacco images.
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MSA, Paradigm Sample and Convenience Store Decisions created the Convenience Consumer Insights Panel (cciPanel) to study the buying habits and information among shoppers at c-stores. The cciPanel just released a study from March 28 and April 12 of this year on c-store tobacco users to figure out what they are buying.
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The Springfield public health council voted to ban tobacco sales in drug stores and grocery stores with pharmacies in them. Kerri Dowd says, “I think it’s a great idea you have the cigarettes which are bad for you then you have your vitamins and your medicines which you’re going to pick up and who needs that, who really needs that, children don’t need to see it either.” Ream more »
The measure would force stores to remove cigarettes from displays behind the counter and into some kind of enclosed or hidden location.
Caeli Faisst of Reality Check said the typical location of tobacco products as well as the products’ packaging make it hard for children to ignore. Ream more »
Investigators say the fraud involved the improper use of plastic EBT cards issued as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. The cards are supposed to be used for food and non-alcoholic beverages, but when authorities sent an informant into two Daytona Beach convenience stores, they were able to buy other goods. Ream more »
The Adirondack Tobacco Free Network, a grass-roots coalition focusing on reducing the number of adult and adolescent tobacco users in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties, recently released statistics from a Summer Community Survey that addressed several tobacco issues. Ream more »
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue has put roll-your-own cigarette businesses – including one in Mauston – on notice that they are manufacturers and distributors and must pay appropriate excise taxes.
Paying those taxes, and meeting a requirement that they sell at least half the cigarettes they produce to other vendors, would obliterate the business model of RYO stores operating in Mauston, Reedsburg, Portage, Baraboo and Wisconsin Dells.
RYO stores – the department estimates there are 50 to 100 in Wisconsin – operate on the rationale that they are not selling manufactured cigarettes, but rather are selling components such as tobacco and tubes and then renting time on jukebox-sized machines that put all the pieces together to create “smokes.” Ream more »
Do you feel the more exposure your children have to tobacco the more it might negatively impact them? Or do you feel it’s the parent’s responsibility to teach children about the risks of tobacco and the stores should be treated like any other business?
How do you feel about tobacco stores in Northfield? Do you feel the more exposure your children have to tobacco the more it might negatively impact them? Ream more »
In order to make sure that local retailers that sell tobacco products are not selling to minors and are in compliance with federal laws, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working with state regulators in conducting check inspections of those who sell the products.
Many may question the importance in doing this, but according to reports, retailers do play a very important role in the health protection of America’s youth. Ream more »