Western Convenience Stores Association

Western Convenience Stores Association

October 01, 2014 14:32 ET

Alberta Retail Association Reiterates Its Support for A National E-Cigarette Framework

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Oct. 1, 2014) - The Western Convenience Stores Association (WCSA) and their federal counterparts, the Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA) would like to reiterate their positions with respect to the sale of non-nicotine electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) by their members.

Following Alberta Health Minister Stephen Mandel's comments regarding the sale of e-cigarettes and vapour products in Alberta convenience stores, retailers would like to provide some clarity around their national and regional policies on the issue.

"Our retailers in every region across Canada are responsible and conduct more age verification checks than any other business," said WCSA President, Andrew Klukas. "While e-cigarettes that do not contain nicotine are permitted for sale in Canada, we recommend that retailers not sell such products to minors."

The CCSA, in conjunction with regional counterparts such as the WCSA, released in August 2014 their retailer best practice recommendations for the sale of non-nicotine e-cigarettes. In particular, the Associations' are asking health officials at all levels of government to consult with retailers in the development of future e-cigarette regulations.

The retailer policy stresses that no e-cigarettes containing nicotine have been approved for sale by Health Canada and all such products are therefore illegal for sale in Canada. Non-nicotine e-cigarettes are legal for sale however the association recommends that retailers use the same age-verification practices when selling e-cigarettes as they do with the sale of tobacco and lottery items.

"We have encouraged our retail members across Canada to follow our best-practice recommendations for these products in the absence of formal regulations regarding their sale," adds Alex Scholten, President of the CCSA.

This policy is aligned with the WCSA and CCSA's We Expect I.D. program, which requires convenience store owners to train all staff in government-approved age-verification practices and display all proper We Expect I.D. signage to promote awareness of these practices.

The WCSA will be reaching out to Minister Mandel and hopes to work with the Alberta government on behalf of retailers to ensure a balanced discussion on e-cigarette policies.

Both the WCSA and the CCSA prefer a national policy on the handling and sale of e-cigarettes to ensure consistency across the country.

About WCSA

The WCSA is a not-for-profit trade association that represents the interests of over 7,000 convenience store retailers operating throughout Western Canada. These retailers employ more than 50,000 people and contribute over $18 billion in sales to the local economy. Its mission is to foster the success of the convenience store industry in Western Canada by representing the best interests of its members, and the communities they serve.

About CCSA

The CCSA is a national not-for-profit trade association that represents the interests of over 25,000 convenience store retailers operating in Canada. Its mission is to foster the success of the convenience store industry in Canada by representing the best interests of its members, and the communities they serve.

The association accomplishes its mission through government relations and advocacy, promoting the professionalization of the industry and creating industry recognition and awareness.

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