A Reminder for all of our Customers
As the vaping industry moves forward, and Governmental, State and Local Laws of enforcement become more stringent regarding selling vaping products to or purchasing vaping products for minors, we want to remind all of our customers that Ocean State Vapes follows age requirement laws to the letter! We follow these requirements not as a “punishment” for anyone, but to ensure that the Vaping Community as a whole obtains and maintains a good reputation for adhering to the legal standards set forth by our government.
“With the new FDA rules and enforcement procedures now rolling out all across the 50 states, it is more important than ever that your staff knows how to properly age-verify your potential customers. The penalties are pricey and the “no sale orders” are no joke. Here are some statistics that may be eye-opening for many in our industry, as these FDA secret shops are a new experience for most vapor retailers.
The “FDA has undertaken nationwide law enforcement checks and in FFY 2016 alone conducted more than 134,000 compliance checks. Since 2010, FDA has conducted 640,000 retailer compliance checks covering every state, Washington, DC and U.S. territories and issued nearly 8,200 civil money penalties against retailers ranging from $250 to $11,000. In October 2015, FDA began issuing no tobacco sale orders (NTSO) against repeat violators.” (Article: New FDA Tobacco Regulations Means Retailer Commitment to Compliance- We Card)
When coming to the shop please keep in mind the following:
- If you look under the age of 27 years old, you will be asked for your ID.
- Remember to bring your ID with you every time you come to the shop.
- If you do not have your ID when asked, you will be asked to leave the shop.
- If you should be in the shop with friends, whether purchasing items or not, and look under the age of 27 years old, you will be asked for your ID.
- If you have children with you under the age of 18 years old, without ID, they will be not be allowed in the shop.
- If you tell any sales associates that your intent is to purchase items for friends or family members under the age of 18 years old, the sale will be refused.
We appreciate all of our customers understanding and assistance in helping our Vaping Community remain strong, grow and thrive during these times of ever changing regulations!