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    7-Eleven Franchisees Fight Teen Smoking

    Coalition's "Good Neighbor Policy" encourages retailers to be more diligent in and out of convenience stores.

    7-Eleven franchisees are gathering to discuss ways to become even more productive citizens in communities they serve, said Tariq Khan, National Chairman of the National Coalition of Association of 7-Eleven Franchisees.

    "We are proud that 7-Eleven franchisees are active in towns and cities across America and our goal is to increase that involvement to an even higher level to help improve quality of life in communities we serve," Khan said.

    The National Coalition Of Associations Of 7-Eleven Franchisees, represents more than 2,000 of the 3,100 independently owned and franchised 7-Eleven stores nationwide.

    The 7-Eleven store owners have been active in the community supporting causes such as the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon and activities to prevent sale of alcohol and tobacco products to minors through the group's RAMP (Retailers Against Minors Purchasing) program.

    Khan is calling store owners to join in the 7-Eleven independent franchisees' efforts to protect kids from smoking. He will announce the program next month when he is joined by TV's Lil' Iguana, a children's character used to communicate important health and safety messages to children.

    In addition, the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees recently announced that store owners would work raise money through the sale of Keeper Springs Water for Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s nonprofit Water Keeper Alliance, a volunteer group working to reclaim rivers and other waterways from polluters.

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