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Walmart joins Walgreens in raising minimum age to buy tobacco to 21

NEW YORK, NY (AP) — Walmart is raising the age to buy tobacco to 21 starting July first.

On the federal level, anyone purchasing tobacco products has to be 18 and older.

That was Walmart’s policy too, up until the newest change.

The move comes after concerns from health officials about e-cigarettes getting into the hands of minors and encouraging nicotine addiction.

Walmart also plans to stop selling fruit-flavored e-cigarette products to hopefully ward off younger users.

The new rules will take effect in July at all its 5,300 U.S. stores, including its Sam’s Club warehouse locations.

Last month, drugstore operator Walgreens also said it would increase the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21.

Associated Press

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