Walmart, Sam’s Club raises tobacco purchase age to 21

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Walmart and Sam’s Club have raised their minimum age to buy tobacco products, including all e-cigarettes, to 21.

The stores are also in the process of discontinuing sale of all fruit- and dessert-flavored electronic nicotine delivery systems in an effort to restrict the sales of tobacco to minors.

The FDA sent the company a letter recently about the policies in place to prevent the sale of tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery systems to minors. While Walmart says they have a “robust” compliance program, they say they are not satisfied with falling short of their company-wide goal of 100 percent compliance.

“Even a single sale to a minor is one too many, and we take seriously our responsibilities in this regard. So today, we sent a letter back to the FDA outlining additional measures we’re taking to keep tobacco out of the hands of minors,” the company states on their website.

You can read their letter to the FDA by clicking here.

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