BENTONVILLE, Ark. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Starting this summer, Walmart stores across the U.S. will ban tobacco product sales to anyone under 21 years old.
The company says it’s raising the minimum age for tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21 to try and combat tobacco sales to minors. Walmart will also stop selling solutions and pods for e-cigarettes that are flavored like fruit or desserts.READ MORE: Waxahachie Dad Shielded 5-Year-Old Daughter From Tornado Monday Night
The world’s largest retailer said the new rules will take effect in July, and will also include its Sam’s Club warehouse stores.READ MORE: Texas Senate Passes Constitutional Carry Bill
Previously, its minimum purchase age was 18, aside from a number of states where the law required a minimum purchase age of 21.
Last month, drugstore operator Walgreens also said it would increase the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21 after the Food and Drug Administration accused it of repeatedly selling them to minors.MORE NEWS: 15-Year-Old In Custody For Shooting 17-Year-Old In Garland
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