By: Angela garrity
CNBC is reporting that retail pharmacy Rite Aid is raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 and will take effect within the next 90 days. The announcement comes on the heels of competitor Walgreen's similar announcement yesterday.
Rite Aid announced plans earlier this month to stop selling e-cigarettes. That announcement was met with disparity over the retailer’s decision to continue to sell tobacco products and cease e-cigarette sales, citing the “data over minor usage of vaping products”.
Rite Aid spoke to CDC data showing the vast majority of smokers start before turning 18.
“Raising the age for purchasing tobacco products is an important step in our efforts to ensure that these products do not fall into the hands of children and teens,” Rite Aid Chief Operating Officer Bryan Everett said in a statement.
Rite Aid was named in a FDA statement in February, as 9.6 percent of the stores inspected for illegally selling tobacco products to minors.
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