By: Angela garrity
CNBC is reporting that Walgreens is raising the tobacco age to 21 across its stores.
The increase in the minimum purchase age goes into effect in September 1st, 2019 and comes a little over a month after the FDA criticized the retailer in a letter with nearly 1800 instances of repeated failure to follow the law. Walgreens was named a top violator among pharmacy chains that sell tobacco products by the FDA, with 22% of stores inspected having illegally sold to minors. Read that letter here.
“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.
Walgreens tested a few tobacco-free stores, but opted to give consumers the choice to buy cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Read the full article here.