Walmart raising age to buy tobacco products to 21, removing some flavored e-cigs

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(WROC) — Walmart locations are increasing the age for customers to buy tobacco products to 21.

The change comes as the FDA reportedly threatened to fine Walmart and other chains for illegally selling tobacco to minors under age 18.

The age change will take effect starting July 1.

At the same time, Walmart says it will stop selling fruit and dessert-flavored e-cigarettes.

In a release, the company says, “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.”

In New York, the state legislature has already passed legislation to increase the age to buy tobacco to 21. In April, Governor Cuomo said he would sign the legislation.

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