Walgreens Halting Tobacco Sales To People Under 21

Kelli Wiese
April 23, 2019 - 11:40 am
Tobacco Products, Cigarette,  e-cigarette

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Walgreens now says you have to be at least 21 to buy tobacco in any of its stores.

The new policy starts September 1, 2019. 

The company's press release quotes Richard Ashworth, Walgreens President of Operations as saying, "We’ve seen positive results from other recent efforts to strengthen our policies related to tobacco sales, and believe this next step can be even more impactful to reduce its use among teens and young adults. Through ongoing training and certification for pharmacists and technicians, we also continue to help and support people looking to quit the use of tobacco in their lives."

In March, the FDA found more than 1,800 cases since 2010 in which one of the company's stores violated the rules.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly plans to introduce a bill that raises the minimum age to buy from 18 to 21 across the country. 

CVS snuffed out tobacco sales several years ago.