Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Walmart to Raise Age to Purchase Tobacco Products and E-Cigarettes

On Wednesday, Walmart announced it will be raising the purchase age to purchase tobacco products .

According to John Scudder, U.S. Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer for Walmart Inc., "There’s been a lot of discussion lately about how companies restrict the sales of tobacco to minors. Recently, we received a letter from the Food and Drug Administration about the policies we have in place to prevent the sale of tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery systems to anyone under age. While we have implemented a robust compliance program, we are not satisfied with falling short of our company-wide goal of 100% 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 change will take place on July 1st, 2019 and will raise the purchase age to 21.

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