New Jersey convenience stores must offer smoking cessation products
TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey convenience stores that sell tobacco products must sell at least one smoking cessation product, according to a new law. But at least one retailer, QuickChek, Whitehouse Station, NJ, said it had tried selling these products before and they weren’t selling.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, who was sworn in for a second term on Tuesday, signed several bills into law on Tuesday, including A6020/S4114, which was first introduced in November. The legislation will come into force 60 days after it is signed.
Under the new law, any entity other than a cigar store that sells tobacco products must maintain inventory and offer for sale at least one type of cigar replacement therapy drug, device or combination product. nicotine that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved for smoking cessation.
The withdrawal product(s) must be behind the sales counter and retailers must provide a printed notice in the store indicating that the nicotine replacement products are available for sale. Retailers must also display the NJ Smoking Quitline logo, phone number and website.
Lawmakers who backed the law said they must do all they can to create policies and systems that promote wellness in the Garden State, especially in areas that have lost ground to the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19.
QuickChek attorney Suzanne DelVecchio said CSP, however, that the retailer does not believe that the government mandates are successful in achieving the stated objectives.
“The government is rarely in a position to determine what’s best for businesses, including what products are sold in convenience stores,” she said.
QuickChek, which has more than 150 stores in New Jersey and New York, has sold smoking cessation products in the past, and it stopped selling them because customers weren’t interested, DelVecchio said.
“We work very hard to stock the items customers want, given that we have limited space, compared to a grocery store or big box store,” she said. “We have long understood that we cannot sell everything and therefore focus on convenience items for our customers.”
However, QuickChek is already working to comply with the law, and DelVecchio said she doesn’t anticipate the convenience store’s tobacco customers will be put off by the fact that it carries the product.
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