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Local Issues and Ordinances

Resources to prepare for the Columbus flavored tobacco/vapor sales ban, effective January 1, 2024.

News from FDA

Youth Tobacco Survey

The 2023 national survey results show that fewer high schoolers are using tobacco and e-cigarettes, with slight increase among middle school students.

Industry News

Vapor Category News

NJOY brings litigation against illicit disposable vapor manufacturers.

News from Washington

Issues of Interest

Tobacco Tax Equity Act and Department of Labor Overtime Rules

News from FDA

Resource Center: Menthol/Flavors

FDA advances proposed product standards banning menthol and flavors to step #8 of the 9-step rule making process.

Workers' Comp & Safety

News from Sedgwick

OSHA reporting for warehousing, workers' comp group rating, BWC bonus & rebate incentives, and workplace safety training opportunities.

Issues & Advocacy

State and Local Updates

Bill introduced to increase penalties for underage sales, and updates on local activity.

We Card Awareness

September 2023

We Card Awareness Month focuses on important reminders and resources to prevent underage tobacco and vapor sales.

Conference Thank You

Pictures and Event Recap

It was a great year to be at the Midwest Wholesale Distributors Conference!

News from FDA

Warning letters issued

Online retailers warned to stop selling illegal e-cigarettes resembling characters, school supplies, toys and drinks.

Workers' Comp & Safety

OSHA news from Sedgwick

OSHA National Emphasis Program focuses on reducing and preventing hazards and injuries in warehousing and distribution centers.

MWDC 2023

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2023 conference! Pictures and full recap coming soon!

News from FDA

Resource Center: Menthol/Flavors

FDA plans to release the final draft rule in August 2023 to ban the legal sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars through licensed, regulated businesses.

News from Washington

Credit Card Competition Act

Reducing credit card swipe fees would benefit all businesses and consumers.

News from Washington

FDA Food Safety

FDA food traceability rule updates

Issues & Advocacy

News from Ohio

Governor vetoes include preemption and excise tax bad debt recovery

OWMA Golf Classic

Winners and Pictures

The 2023 Golf Classic included fun, prizes and an end of the day weather shift!

Workers' Comp & Safety

Sedgwick Safety Insights

OSHA's National Emphasis Program targets fall protection.

News from Ohio

State Budget Updates

Senate releases budget bill rewrite with income tax and CAT rate reductions. Progress on county arts tax but more changes still needed.

Industry News

We Card 'Social Sourcing' Program

We Card is rolling out a new program to address the problem of “social sourcing” of tobacco and vaping products.

Industry News

Convenience channel's effect on snacking

Sweets & Snacks Expo session highlights candy and snacks category boost from foodservice traffic, pack size variety and technology adoption.

News from Ohio

Phones Down. It's the Law

As of April 4, 2023, is it illegal to use or hold a cell phone or electronic device while driving in Ohio.

News from Washington

Reagan-Udall Foundation

Report prompts House committee to question operations of FDA tobacco program.

News from FDA

Center for Tobacco Products

Court issues stay on Vuse Solo G2 menthol replacement cartridge marketing denial order.

Issues & Advocacy

Local Issues and Ordinances

Columbus public health code update includes increase in penalties for retail sales violations.

News from FDA

Center for Tobacco Products

FDA authorizes U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company's Copenhagen Classic Snuff to be marketed as a modified risk tobacco product.

News from Ohio

Statehouse Bill Tracking

Excise tax bad debt relief, flavor ban in state budget and other issues being tracked by OWMA.

Industry News

Headlines from Altria

Altria will gain full global ownership of NJOY e-vapor product portfolio, and exchanges minority stake in JUUL Labs for heated tobacco intellectual property rights.

Workers' Comp & Safety

Compnotes from Sedgwick

Seminars, BWC premium rebate programs and more news you need from Sedgwick, administrator of OWMA's workers' comp group rating program.

Industry News

FDA urged to deal with illegal vapor products

RAI Services Company asks agency to prioritize closing enforcement loopholes.

News from FDA

Center for Tobacco Products

RJ Reynolds Vapor Company receives stay of enforcement on FDA MDO on Vuse menthol vapor refill products

Workers' Comp & Safety

Is your OSHA Form 300A ready?

The summary of job related illnesses/injuries must be posted by February 1st.

Industry News

C-sores looking to expand into Ohio

Convenience Store News reports that RaceTrac and Wawa are working on site locations.

Issues & Advocacy

News from Ohio

Governor vetoes bill with preemption of local tobacco regulation.

Issues & Advocacy

Local Issues and Ordinances

Columbus bans sales of flavored tobacco, plus ordinances pending in several other communities.

News from Washington

Corrective Statements

A federal judge signed the order approving the settlement agreement that requires corrective statement signage to be displayed in retail stores.

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