Walgreens to raise tobacco buying age to 21

Starting September 1, 2019, shoppers will need to be 21 in order to purchase tobacco products from pharmacy giant Walgreens. The company is making the move after around 22 percent of Walgreens locations inspected by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) caught employees illegally selling tobacco products to minors. Among all pharmacies inspected by the FDA, Walgreens sold tobacco the most often to underage youth.

Walgreens joins a dozen states who have raised their tobacco sales age to 21. CVS Health pharmacies stopped selling tobacco products in 2014.

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