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Should diet pills require ID? Convenience stores say ‘no’ saying it creates confusion

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The New York Association of Convenience Stores is raising concerns over a bill which would prevent minors from purchasing over-the-counter diet pills and related supplements.


One chief contention is the bill’s provision to accept student IDs as a form of age verification. They argue that student IDs, unlike government-issued identification, are not standardized and could be easily forged or manipulated.

The association also highlighted another aspect of the bill that brings the popular pre-exercise drink, Celsius, under scrutiny due to its inclusion of ingredients such as green tea extract.


This has broadened the bill’s scope, causing confusion for retailers about which products necessitate age verification.

The enforcement method, proposed to be handled by the state attorney general’s office instead of local law enforcement, is another point of contention, with concerns about higher legal costs and complications.

The bill is set for Governor Kathy Hochul’s review later this year.