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    7-Eleven Joins NATO

    Expanding membership of tobacco retailing organization includes c-stores, grocers and more.

    WASHINGTON -- 7-Eleven Inc., a Dallas-based convenience store chain of more than 6,970 stores in the U.S. and Canada, has joined the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) as a retail member, the organization stated.

    "7-Eleven's membership in NATO demonstrates the importance of the tobacco category to the convenience store industry and reflects an on-going need for convenience stores to stay abreast of tobacco legislative issues around the country," Mary Szarmach, chairperson of NATO's Membership Committee, said in a statement. "7-Eleven is the latest responsible retailer to join NATO to work with the association on state and federal tobacco legislation."

    NATO, which focuses exclusively on state and federal tobacco legislative issues, is seeing its membership expand to tobacco stores, convenience stores, grocery stores, liquor stores and service stations, as the sale of tobacco products is critical to all these channels.

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