Walgreens, Rite Aid Will Raise Age Minimum For Tobacco Product Sales To 21

Walgreens and Rite Aid will no longer sell tobacco products to customers who are under 21 years old. Rite Aid will raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 within the next 90 days, while Walgreens will raise the age requirement starting Sept. 1.

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned Walgreens of possible sanctions for allegedly selling the products to minors.Approximately 22% of Walgreens locations inspected by the agency caught employees illegally selling tobacco products to minors, the FDA said.

Additionally, retailers have had to be more cautious about the sales of e-cigarettes, which have gained popularity among teens. Preliminary federal data showed that teenage e-cigarette use…