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2020 Young Professionals Forum

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January 27, 2020 - January 28, 2020
Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown
Atlanta, Georgia

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January 28, 2020
Sloppy Floyd Building
Atlanta, GA

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February 11, 2020 - February 11, 2020
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    Now Accepting Applications for 2020 GACS Scholarships!

    ​January 20, 2020

    GACS is now accepting applications for over $25.000 in scholarships to be awarded later this year.  Scholarships are available to employees and dependents of employees of GACS members.  Click here for information on submitting your application.

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    Power of A:  Doing Good on the Road

    By Mark Athitakis / Oct 15, 2019

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    during a strategic planning session in 2016, Angela Holland, CAE,

    president of the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores, agreed with a

    young professionals group that said one organizational focus of GACS

    should be philanthropy. But what would that look like? Thinking about

    the Super Bowl a few months later, Holland had a clear answer.

    The Georgia Association of Convenience Stores wins a few battles in the fight against human trafficking.

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    Altria’s IQOS Tobacco Device Debuts in U.S.

    October 8, 2019​

    ATLANTA—Altria has brought IQOS to the United States at last. On Friday, the tobacco company will officially unveil its heat-not-burn product at the new IQOS store in Altanta, CNBC reports. After more than two years of regulatory paperwork, IQOS provides a nicotine rush like cigarettes but with fewer toxins.

     “It’s perfect timing,” said Michael Lavery, an analyst at Piper Jaffray. “I don’t think they would have expected some consumer uncertainty around vapor coinciding with the launch of IQOS in the U.S.”

     In April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the go-ahead for Altria to sell IQOS in the United States under marketing regulations to ensure only adults use the device. Altria and Philip Morris International developed IQOS together, then Philip Morris continued the work once the two companies separated in 2008. Philip Morris debuted IQOS in Japan and Italy five years ago, with the device now in 49 markets. Altria has the licensing agreement to market IQOS in the United States.

     In Russia and Japan, IQOS has become popular, but it has yet to catch on in the United Kingdom and Canada. IQOS uses real tobacco, heating the leaves rather than burning them, which doesn’t ignite the chemical process smoking does that releases harmful toxins.

     Altria will only sell the devices at its own kiosks and stores, but IQOS heatsticks will have a wider distribution. The company has plans to open a second store in Atlanta in a few weeks, plus have mobile stores in the city and popup kiosks in convenience stores.

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