Walmart Raises Minimum Age to buy Tobacco to 21
Starting in July, people under the age of 21 will no longer be able to buy tobacco products from Walmart or Sam’s Club in the United States.
Walmart announced that it would be raising the minimum age for buying the products on July 1st. This comes after a letter from the FDA last month that requested them to submit a plan to end illegal tobacco sales to minors.
Walmart will also no longer sell “fruit- and dessert-flavored electronic nicotine delivery systems” like Juuls and vaping devices.
Other stores have said they plan to stop selling the under 21 customers as well. Walgreens will stop in September, while Rite Aid announced in April it would remove e-cigarettes from its stores over the next 90 days. CVS stopped selling tobacco products in 2014. Several states have also moved to raise the minimum smoking age.