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FDA pulls up Walgreens for violating tobacco sale laws by selling to minors

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday it was taking action against certain retailers including Walgreen Boots Alliance for repeatedly flouting tobacco sale rules, including sale of cigars and menthol cigarettes to minors.
Walgreens is presently the highest violator among pharmacies that sell tobacco product, with twenty-two p.c of its inspected stores having lawlessly oversubscribed tobacco product to minors, the U.S. health regulator aforesaid in a very statement.

“I am writing (to) the company management of Walgreens and requesting a gathering with them to debate whether or not there's a corporate-wide issue associated with their stores’ non-compliance,” office Commissioner Scott Gottlieb aforesaid.

 The agency filed complaints seeking to bar a Walgreens store in Miami, American state and a Circle K store in Charleston, South geographical region, closely-held by Alimentation Couche-Tard opposition, from commercialism tobacco product for thirty days.

 “We take this matter terribly seriously and have taken a variety of steps to assist address the vital issue of sales of those products to minors,” a Walgreens representative aforesaid in an associate e-mail statement.

 Alimentation Couche-Tard failed to now reply to a missive of invitation for comment.

 Thursday’s action against Walgreens follows over one,550 warning letters and 240 civil cash penalty actions against its stores nationwide for unlawful tobacco product sales to minors, the agency aforesaid. The office has unrolled a Youth Tobacco hindrance arrange as a part of its push to discourage teens from smoking. 

Last year, the agency proclaimed sweeping restrictions on seasoned tobacco product, together with electronic cigarettes. It conjointly plans to hunt a ban on lotion cigarettes, an old goal of public health advocates, additionally as seasoned cigars.

 An epidemic-level rise within the quality of e-cigarettes latterly has the diode to a thirty-eight p.c increase in overall tobacco product use among high school students and twenty-nine p.c among lyceum students last year, reversing the declines seen within the previous few years, the office aforesaid.

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