Walmart has announced that effective July 1st, 2019, the minimum wage to buy tobacco and nicotine containing products will be raised to 21 years old at all stores.
The retail giant also told the FDA that they plan on discontinuing the sales of all fruit and dessert-flavored e-cigarettes.
The move is being made in what is considered to be a reaction to federal regulators' increased pressure to stop the sales of these products to minors.
In April, the FDA claimed Walmart had a 17% rate of violation for illegally selling tobacco products to minors.
"We unequivocally acknowledge that even a single sale of tobacco product to a minor is one too many, and we take seriously our responsibilities in this regard," a Walmart official said regarding the matter.
Walgreens and Rite Aid already announced they would be raising the minumum ages to buy tobacco in their stores to 21.
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