FDA Threatens Stores That Sell Tobacco To Kids

The Food and Drug Administration is going after businesses suspected of selling cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to minors, sending out letters to 1,200 stores and threatening eventual fines if they fail to comply with the law. The FDA says it has conducted 27,500 inspections to make sure retailers aren’t violating restrictions on such activities as setting up cigarette vending machines, selling cigarettes and failing to check IDs.

In a statement reported by UPI, the FDA commissioner said stopping kids from buying tobacco is key because 80 percent of long-term smokers become addicted before they turn 18. The FDA seems to be attempting to flex its muscles in using new powers granted to it by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which lets it regulate the tobacco industry with the goal of preventing sales to minors.

FDA warns on selling tobacco to minors [UPI]

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