By: Angela garrity
Fox Business reports that Walmart is the next retailer electing to move its policy to 21 to buy tobacco and vaping products. The shift in the minimum age requirement is expected to take effect across all stores in the U.S. on July 1st.
The retail giant is also planning to stop selling fruit and dessert flavors of e-liquid, as well.
Walmart was named alongside several others by the FDA recently for sales of tobacco products. In turn, the FDA requested all named retailers to remit their plans of action on how to abate tobacco product sales to minors.
Walmart’s Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer John Scudder explained the company’s new policies at the request of the FDA, including strengthening the disciplinary action stemming from its failed secret-shopper check. Walmart will also upgrade its age-verification training through the use of virtual-reality technology.
“We unequivocally acknowledge that even a single sale of a tobacco product to a minor is one too many,” Scudder wrote. “And we take seriously our responsibilities in this regard.”
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