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July 22, 2022
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On Friday an agreement was announced regarding a more than 20-year-old lawsuit between the US Department of Justice and the big tobacco companies. While retail stores were not directly involved, it appears that nevertheless they will be impacted by this judgement. The agreement will require a certain sign to be posted at any retailer which has a contract with Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, or ITG Brands. Once the judge formally accepts the agreement, which is very likely to happen in the next few weeks, the manufacturers will have a six-month window to amend all existing contracts with retailers to require them to post this sign, then they will spend up to three months installing the signs, which will be required to be posted for 21 months after that.  

These signs will have one of a variety of anti-tobacco messages, they will be designed and paid for by the manufacturers. Most likely they will be installed by a manufacturers' rep as well, although for some smaller locations the manufacturer will mail the sign with instructions. The sign will likely need to be placed at the top of the main cigarette merchandising set, it is expected to measure 32"x11". Halfway through the sign will be switched out for another one. If all your location has is a kiosk store, but it has a contract with one of the manufacturers, then it too will be required to post a smaller sign.  

This does not apply to all cigarette retailers, only those currently under contract enrolled in a cigarette retail program agreement with at least one of these three companies. If a retailer does not want the sign up at their location, they are able to reject the contract amendments, but that means they will lose all benefits of the contract and will not be able to sign up for one of these agreements during the entire two-year period when the sign must be posted.  

The Manufacturers have also been required to hire auditors who will inspect stores for compliance. Those who take their sign down will be hit with a monetary penalty. The signs can be taken down after the 21-month period is over.  

For more information, you can review documents prepared by our friends at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), which was involved in the lawsuit and fought to protect the interests of retailers. The original proposal from the DOJ would have required retailers to post about a dozen different signs throughout their business.  

Court Order Requiring Tobacco Manufacturers to Post Certain Statements at Retail Locations

Court Order Requiring Tobacco Manufacturers To Post Certain Statements at Retail Locations: Frequently Asked Questions


We are very happy to announce a new Member Benefit Partnership with Jersey Wholesale Tire, who came onboard our program after we published the 2022 MBP Brochure. They have been working with us for a couple of months and are anxious and ready to service our membership. They recently posted a NJGCA member discount that we want to bring to your attention. Through the rest of the year all NJGCA members will receive a $50.00 credit off of their first purchase of any brand of tires. CLICK HERE to read more about the promotion and give them a call today!

Be Well -  

Sal Risalvato
Executive Director



  Training Class Schedule  

All classes held at NJGCA HQ -- 4900 Route 33 West, Wall Township, NJ 07753


ASE Training Course - Reach Out Today!

Are you (or an employee) getting ready to take your A6, A8, or L1 in preparation to recertifying your Emission Repair Technician (ERT) credentials through the State's Emission Technician Education Program (ETEP)?  

We can help --- but we need to hear from you, first! 
NJGCA wants to hear from students interested in our ASE-prep training program, so we can gauge demand and schedule our next session series. 

As you know, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has always maintained a "dual-track" system to allow technicians to earn their Emission Repair Technician (ERT) credentials through New Jersey's Emission Technician Education Program (ETEP). In doing so, technicians were allowed to certify as ERTs through either an ASE-test track or an ETEP-educational class track. Starting on January 1, 2020, NJDEP amended the ETEP criteria, and the ETEP-educational class track was abolished.  

Today, only the ASE-test track remains, and all ERTs must certify or re-certify their credentials though ASE to remain in the Program. 

NJGCA has recently offered an ASE-prep class to help you get ready for the A6, A8, and L1. In doing so, students were welcome to participate in a ten-session preparatory class that covered material for all three ASE exams. We also had a handful of students who joined us only for the A8 or L1 sections.  

Once completed, students took their ASE exams with a local ASE-approved test proctor (NJGCA can train you to prepare for the ASE exams, but are not permitted to offer the actual exam - students must make these arrangements individually themselves). 

Building on that success, we are now seeking student participation in our next training series session. To make arrangements and organize a session, we need to hear from you! 

If you are interested, please email us at training@njgca.org ASAP. 

We'll record your interest, inquire on your availability, and schedule a class once we have a full complement of students.   

Only with your feedback can we gauge student headcount and participation.  

Please reach out to us today, and thank you for your interest! 

Contact Nick De Palma at Nick@njgca.org to inquire about potential trainings and class dates



  News Around The State  


The Real Reason Gas Is So Expensive? The US Needs More Refineries

No US president has been reelected with gasoline prices above $4 a gallon, and the price at the pump is almost $4.70 this summer. It's the single biggest economic threat to Joe Biden's presidency. Biden's first response was urging OPEC to raise global oil supplies, with some success. He tried to shame US shale drillers, too, for failing to put rigs back to work, with less success. Then administration officials began to confront an arguably bigger and longer-term obstacle to reining in the fuel prices that have sent inflation to the highest level in decades: America's refining complex is in decline.


Should You Tip New Jersey Gas Attendants? (Opinion)
People are feeling the Biden economy across the country as middle-class and working-class families struggle with out-of-control costs as inflation tops a 40-year high. It's understandable in this current climate that people are trying to protect and conserve every dollar. So I asked the question on the show about tipping. There seems to be a trend in the Garden State of people tipping the gas attendant.


FDA Sends Warning Letters to Synthetic Nicotine Product Manufacturers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its first two warning letters to manufacturers for unlawfully marketing non-tobacco nicotine e-liquid products without the required authorization. The two companies that received the warning letters were AZ Swagg Sauce LLC and Electric Smoke Vapor House. In March, legislation was passed that gave the FDA authority to regulate synthetic nicotine products. Manufacturers, distributors, importers and retailers of tobacco products containing non-tobacco nicotine (which is nicotine not made or derived from tobacco, such as synthetic nicotine) must ensure compliance with applicable requirements under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. In addition, anyone who manufactures, compounds or processes synthetic nicotine products must register as such with the FDA and list all these tobacco products that they manufacture, prepare, compound or process for commercial distribution.


N.J. Is Close To Gas Falling Under $4 A Gallon. What's Driving The Drop? How Low Will It Go?

A month ago, filling your gas tank was like getting a hard slap across the face when looking at the final tally, as prices peaked over $5 a gallon in New Jersey and the nation. Now, a petroleum expert says New Jersey could be 72 hours away from dipping under the $4 a gallon mark for the first time since early March. Set your watch. "I think the first stations will fall under $4 a gallon in New Jersey in the next 72 hours or so," said Patrick DeHaan, Gas Buddy petroleum analyst.


1 Big Thing: Gas Stations Evaporate

The number of gas stations has been in steady decline for decades. Volatility in gas prices - along with the rising popularity of electric vehicles - will squeeze them even further, Axios' Felix Salmon reports. Several California cities have banned new stations. But most gas stations aren't owned by big multinational corporations. The ups and downs of fuel prices are cutting into many of their bottom lines. Gas prices, after spiking upwards, have now declined for 30 consecutive days, per GasBuddy. That's good news for drivers, but terrible news for gas station owners.


'The New Normal'? In NJ, Higher Prices May Be Here To Stay, Economists Say

With prices rising at their fastest rate in more than four decades, the question is on the mind of every driver, homeowner, shopper and saver in New Jersey: Where will it end? In the Garden State, gas prices have spiked 44% in the past year. The cost of a new car in the New York metro area jumped 16% in June from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Labor Department. Meat, chicken, fish and eggs climbed 10%. Housing costs were up 4%. Economists expect the pain to drag on at least through the end of the year. Volatile energy and food prices may come back down, but some of the eye-watering increases are likely here to stay.


Consumers See Some Relief at the Pump

Gas prices continue to fall, with the U.S. average retail gasoline price at $4.47 per gallon-the first time in nine weeks the average price has been below $4.50, according to AAA. Prices are falling due to a decrease in demand and lower global price for oil. "Global economic headwinds are pushing oil prices lower and less expensive oil leads to lower pump prices," said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson. "And here at home, people are fueling up less, despite this being the height of the traditional summer driving season. These two key factors are behind the recent drop in pump prices."



  Energy Information Agency Weekly Retail Gasoline Prices  

Each week, the Energy Information Administration publishes a list of average gasoline prices for the previous three weeks. NJGCA will begin including this list with the Weekly Road Warrior. Remember, these prices are reflective of self-serve everywhere except NJ.




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