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    Maine is the latest state considering flavored tobacco legislation

    State Senator Jill Duson has submitted a bill proposing a ban on such products as legislators around the country take up measures in the absence of a ruling from the FDA.

    By Jan. 4, 2023
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    What to do before applying for NEVI funding

    As states prepare to open up applications for more than $5 billion in collective funding, interested retailers should check the federal requirements and lay the EV installation groundwork ahead of time.

    By Dec. 15, 2022
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    Circle K to pay $8M as part of agreement to resolve discrimination charges

    In addition to the payout, the chain also needs to update relevant policies and hire someone to oversee requests for accommodations and record keeping.

    By Nov. 30, 2022
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    Colorado becomes 40th state to offer wine sales across c-stores

    The proposition — which earned 50.58% of the vote — will go into effect on March 1, 2023 and will also allow for wine tasting events.

    By Nov. 28, 2022
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    FDA issues more warnings over CBD. Should c-stores be concerned?

    The warnings target five companies selling CBD-infused products that the agency said may be mistaken for traditional food and beverage items and that, in some cases, are appealing to children.

    By Nov. 22, 2022
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    California votes to ban most flavored tobacco products

    Voters approved Proposition 31 this week, upholding a law that was signed in 2020 and making California the second state with such a ban.

    By Nov. 11, 2022
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    Juul planning another major layoff as it struggles to stay afloat

    This will be the e-cigarette maker’s fourth companywide layoff since 2019.

    By Nov. 11, 2022
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    FDA’s denial of menthol e-cigarette products highlights increasing pressure

    The agency last week issued a marketing denial order against several menthol e-cigarette capsules made by Logic Technology Development — the first time it has issued such an order.

    By Nov. 2, 2022
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    EV charging station rollout hampered by outdated regulations, report says

    Better coordination among governments and with the private sector are needed to speed the EV transition, says a new Fuels Institute report.

    By Dan Zukowski • Oct. 26, 2022
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    DOJ files lawsuits against 6 vaping companies

    This marks the first time the department has filed injunctions against suppliers for failing to heed warning letters by the FDA.

    By Oct. 20, 2022
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    California flavored tobacco sales hinge on November vote

    Prop 31 could cut revenue for convenience stores in the Golden State in cities where there is not currently a ban on the products.

    By Oct. 19, 2022
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    Two Colorado proposals look to expand alcohol sales at c-stores

    Proposition 125 would allow wine sales at convenience retailers that already sell beer, while Proposition 126 would let them use third-party delivery apps to sell alcohol.

    By Oct. 17, 2022
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    Fed majority votes to finalize debit rule

    In a 6-1 vote, the Federal Reserve finalized a debit card processing rule that underscores a requirement that multiple card networks be available for routing transactions, including online.

    By Lynne Marek • Oct. 5, 2022
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    New York begins implementation of 2035 ban on new gas-powered cars and trucks, following California lead

    Boosting sales of EVs in New York may require changing the law around how vehicles are sold, according to the Alliance for Clean Energy New York.

    By Robert Walton • Oct. 5, 2022
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    Durbin maps path for credit card bill

    Sen. Dick Durbin and his Republican ally, Sen. Roger Marshall, seek to attach their credit card competition legislation to a defense spending bill.

    By Lynne Marek • Oct. 4, 2022
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    EV charging network plans approved for all 50 states

    The Federal Highway Administration’s approval will allow the build-out of chargers covering about 75,000 miles of highway.

    By Danielle McLean • Updated Sept. 29, 2022
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    Sales of spirits-based RTD drinks top $1.6B in 2021, study finds

    The category’s popularity is eclipsing that of hard seltzers, and states are pushing to change retail laws to capitalize on the opportunity.

    By Christopher Doering • Sept. 23, 2022
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    House bill aims to mitigate credit card swipe fees

    If approved, the Credit Card Competition Act could be a relief for c-store retailers, who report swipe fees can exceed their pre-tax profits and be their second-highest operating costs after labor.

    By Sept. 20, 2022
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    Juul will pay $438M to settle multistate investigation

    The agreement outlines marketing restrictions for the embattled e-cigarette maker, and follows other settlements centered on how it has allegedly advertised to underage users.

    By Sept. 8, 2022