BUFFALO, N.Y. — This week, the New York State Affiliation of Convenience Stores despatched stop and desist letters demanding rapper Snoop Dogg, former skilled wrestler Hulk Hogan and former boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson pull their names from flavored nicotine vapes.
“We’re trying to elevate this issue for policymakers to understand that a way forward is to stop making these products look so glamorous and start cracking down on the retailers and the manufacturers and distributors and now the celebrity endorsers,” NYACS President Kent Sopris stated.
The merchandise are unlawful below state legislation and banned by the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration. Sopris stated the businesses market towards minors and the celebrities of their endorsement are complicit.
“They need to understand that when they name to products like this, kids are going to use them and we want to go in the opposite way,” he stated.
NYSAC stated the letters will not be the top of the affiliation’s efforts, however he hopes will ship the message it is severe. Sopris stated whereas some native and county authorities have supported public training and enforcement, the state has not made curbing unlawful retail a precedence.
“Bad actors aren’t taking us seriously because New York state, quite frankly, has not been taking us very seriously on enforcement,” he stated.
Sopris stated not one of the members he represents are promoting the merchandise, however are competing with shops that are not giving the identical consideration to the legislation or public well being.
“They’re flouting the legislation,” he stated. “They’re promoting these merchandise to children and fairly frankly I am bored with my members being blamed for this. My members do not promote these items.”
Sopris stated trade associations, well being advocates and the state all have the identical pursuits in thoughts and ought to be working collectively.