Walgreens raising minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21; new policy goes into effect Sunday

Posted at 1:31 PM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 14:54:54-04

(WTVF)  — Walgreens’ new age-restricted tobacco policy goes into effect on September 1.

Beginning Sunday, only customers 21 and up can buy tobacco products. There are 290 Walgreens stores across Tennessee.

The company announced the new Tobacco 21 policy back in April. The change comes as several major chains are trying to reduce tobacco use among teens.

“We’ve seen positive results from other recent efforts to strengthen our policies related to tobacco sales, and believe this next step can be even more impactful to reduce its use among teens and young adults,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of operations.

Walgreens began a "Card All" policy in October that requires verification of all sales of tobacco, regardless of age.

**CNN contributed to this story.