Walgreens to increase tobacco buying age

Walgreens to increase tobacco buying age
Walgreens is raising the age to buy tobacco at least 21-years-old, on September 1, 2019.

(WAVE) - Walgreens is increasing the tobacco buying age to 21. The change will happen later this year.

The retailer faces possible sanctions from the Food and Drug Administration for allegedly selling to minors.

In February, the FDA put the drugstore on “notice," accusing the pharmacy chain of violating rules that prohibit selling cigarettes and other tobacco products to underage buyers.

Walgreens has tightened its policies in response. Starting Sept. 1, it will require customers to be at least 21 years old in order to buy tobacco products.

“We’ve seen positive results from other recent efforts to strengthen our policies related to tobacco sales, and believe this next step can be even more impactful to reduce its use among teens and young adults,” Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of operations, said in a statement.

A dozen states have already raised the minimum buying age and a handful of others are exploring similar action. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would introduce federal legislation sometime next month, marking the strongest support yet in Congress for what’s been dubbed “T21.”

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