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Make 'Under 35' Your Brand's Policy for Alcohol and Tobacco Purchases

Although 30 appears the norm, at The BARS Program, we encourage our clients to enact policy for proof of identification among customers under 35-years-old. A well-documented and consistently practiced compliance policy upholds a positive, non-offensive customer experience; as well as sets expectations among customers and employees, alike. When you have a clear and concise compliance policy in place, the practices detailed within it become a way of doing business and accurately following one s job... Read More

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FDA Enacts Age Change for Purchasing Tobacco, Allows Transition Period Among Retailers

In December 2019, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reported it would change the legal age for purchasing tobacco and tobacco-related products to 21 during the year 2020. In an FDA-issued statement earlier this month, the age change was enacted, but with an unspecified enforcement deadline. The FDA has granted a transition period among nationwide tobacco retailers by requiring compliance checks for customers under 18-years of age, while the organization determines an enforcement date.... Read More

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FDA Implements Ban on E-Cigarette Flavors, Promises of Enforcement Action

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues its investigation of health risks associated with vaping, on Jan. 2, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implemented a ban on the sale of fruity-flavored cartridges for e-cigarettes. 1 Companies that do not cease manufacture, distribution and/or sale of these now unauthorized products within 30 days of the ban-issue date risk FDA enforcement actions. 2 As for products containing menthol and tobacco flavors, the... Read More

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New Legal Age for Purchasing Tobacco to Shape Year Ahead

The legal age for purchasing tobacco and tobacco-related products is now 21. The change was made effective immediately on December 27, 2019, according to the FDA website. The FDA noted that "it is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product -- including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes -- to anyone under 21. FDA will provide additional details on this issue as they become available." Introduced in May 2019 through bipartisan efforts and approved... Read More

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Keeping up with Inflation: It Pays to be Compliant

For Tobacco Retailers, FDA inspections are an expected occurrence. While more than 90% of inspections are passing, if a failure happens, it can require more paperwork and possibly a dollar fine. To keep up with inflation, the FDA increases the sum of monetary retribution due for failed compliance inspection exercises using the Consumer Price Index, or cost-of-living adjustment multiplier, calculated each October. The cost-of-living adjustment multiplier for October 2018 is 1.0; the increase is applied... Read More

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Holiday Wishes from The BARS Program

To BARS Program clients near and far, may peace, joy and flawless employee-compliance be yours this holiday season. We re continually thankful to be named as a trusted partner within our clients employee-training practices and industry-specific needs. Wishing you and yours success and happiness in the New Year. For questions about The BARS Program, visit www.barsprogram.com . And to initiate or expand upon your employee-compliance platform, contact The BARS Program at customerservice@barsprogram.com or 1-877-540-5500.... Read More

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Serving up Double-Duty Protection with BARS Program Partners

Collaborative partnerships are vital to nearly all elements of success in today s marketplace. At The BARS Program, we proudly partner with We Card and TIPS, nationally recognized tobacco and alcohol compliance and reinforcement companies. Through these trusted partnerships, BARS clients receive superior instruction and reinforcement of state and local rules and regulations for the lawful sale of tobacco and alcohol. About BARS Partners Through the production of job aids and tools developed using industry... Read More

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What is your Benchmark? How do you Compare?

The proof is in the numbers. Clients of The BARS Program know this to be true. When you team up with BARS, you re taking a vital step toward attaining near-flawless compliance with state and local regulations for selling alcohol and tobacco. And with near-real time reporting metrics, your management team is always aware of employee compliance when BARS Checkers visit your location. Retail and Restaurant customers can access a number of valuable reports on... Read More

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