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FDA’s sudden increase in legal tobacco age catches retailers off-guard

Retailers and local leaders said they were “caught with their pants down” by a Food and Drug Administration announcement last week that it had raised the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.... Read more»

For lottery retailers, big jackpots mean extra sales of this and that

As manager of a gas station convenience store, Leslie Robb said he’s noticed that people who come in glancing at the Arizona Lottery sign often make a detour to grab chips and a soda before plunking down money on tickets. That effect is more pronounced as Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots rise: In addition to increased lottery sales, he sees more customers and more extra purchases of this and that.... Read more»