Walmart Raises Tobacco Purchase Age to 21, Goes Into Effect July 1

By  //  May 8, 2019

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Walmart announced on Wednesday that they will be raising the minimum age to 21 to buy tobacco products (including e-cigs) at all Walmart stores.

The new change in policy will go into effect on July 1.

In addition, Walmart will also discontinue the sale fruit flavored and dessert flavored electronic nicotine delivery systems.

“There’s been a lot of discussion lately about how companies restrict the sales of tobacco to minors,” said John Scudder, U.S. Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer at Walmart.

“Recently, we received a letter from the Food and Drug Administration about the policies we have in place to prevent the sale of tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery systems to anyone under age. 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. So today, we sent a letter back to the FDA outlining additional measures we’re taking to keep tobacco out of the hands of minors.”