By John Castle
Wal-Mart has joined other retailers such as Walgreen’s in adopting Tobacco 21 as corporate policy regardless of city or county ordinance or state legislation.
Unlike Rite-Aid or CVS, which have discontinued sales of vapor products in the first case and all nicotine products entirely in the second, Wal-Mart will continue to sell tobacco and vapor products but only to those 21 years of age and older.
The policy comes in response to a letter received by the retailer from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. In the letter, FDA warned the company that after 13,000 compliance checks of its retail locations, the company successfully passed only 93 percent of them. In response, the retailer wrote:
“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.”
Wal-Mart isn’t the only retailer to have fallen afoul of age compliance. Kroger, Walgreen’s, and others have also come up short where compliance is concerned. Walgreen’s has also adopted Tobacco 21 as company policy in response to the warning they received on the subject.