We are Massachusetts retailers committed to keeping tobacco out of the hands of minors.

The Coalition for Responsible Retailing (CRR) is comprised of Massachusetts retailers who are committed to keeping tobacco out of the hands of minors.

 

The four major trade organizations, representing tobacco permit holders throughout Massachusetts, have united together to form CRR to pursue adoption of regulations that would help accomplish this goal.

We are on the front lines of keeping adult products out of the hands of minors. We care about the communities we serve and work hard every day to make sure adult products stay in adult hands.

The goal of CRR is to partner with state and local government leaders, boards of health and neighbors to stop the flow of tobacco and nicotine products to minors from non-retail, social sources and here’s why:

  • More than 4 out of 5 minors get nicotine and tobacco products from relatives, friends and other social sources, not local retailers.1
  • In MA the numbers may be as high as 9 out of 10:
  • Food and Drug Administration data shows that 91.7% of Massachusetts retailers were in compliance with existing state and local laws in 2016.2
  • Local inspections frequently show even higher compliance rates.
  • Massachusetts allows parents and friends to legally provide tobacco and nicotine products to minors (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 270).
  • Minors can legally use and possess tobacco and nicotine products if they can get them in Massachusetts.

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Data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and National Institute for Public Health’s Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health shows that 86% of underage smokers obtained tobacco products from sources other than direct purchase at retail stores.3

Retailers can’t do it alone

Massachusetts retailers are responsible and accountable neighbors and community members and we need your help. Food and Drug Administration data shows that 91.7% of Massachusetts retailers are in compliance with existing state and local laws but we can continue to do better. When retailers make mistakes there are consequences and we continuously improve our employee training and secret shopper programs to increase compliance.

JOIN US!
STOP THE SOCIAL SOURCES
STOP THE 86%

TELL YOUR STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS AND BOARDS OF HEALTH TO STAND WITH THE COALITION FOR RESPONSIBLE RETAILING.

TELL THEM IT’S TIME TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT KEEPING ADULT PRODUCTS IN THE HANDS OF ADULTS.


1 United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Drug Abuse, and United States Department of Health and Human Services. Food and Drug Administration. Center for Tobacco Products. Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study [United States] Public-Use Files ICPSR36498-v3 2016-08-01.

2 U.S. Food & Drug Administration. “Compliance Check Inspections of Tobacco Product Retailers.” 2017.

3 United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and United States Department of Health and Human Services. Food and Drug Administration. Center for Tobacco Products. Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study [United States] Public-Use Files ICPSR36498-v3 2016-08-01.