Washington – The Administration for Food and Drugs (FDA, in English) today announced a legal action against some stores, including the Walgreens pharmacy chain, due to "repeated violations" of restrictions on the sale and distribution of tobacco products.
The FDA said in a statement that it has filed complaints to request orders to ban tobacco sales in a Walgreens store in Miami and another from Circle K in South Carolina for violations of the tobacco marketing standard, including the sale of tobacco. cigarettes and menthol cigarettes to minors.
According to the FDA, Walgreens is currently the main offender of this rule at pharmacies selling tobacco products, as 22% of the inspected companies have illegally sold tobacco products to minors.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, quoted in the statement, said he will be asked to meet with Walgreens management to discuss "if a business problem" is related to their stores' default settings.
Gottlieb said he would also let them know that the FDA is "considering other ways of compliance" to address this situation.
He also stated "very concerned that a single chain of pharmacies has amassed at least 1800 rapes for the sale of tobacco products to minors across the country."
"I'm particularly worried about the impact of the pharmacy environment on the perception of consumers and retailers about tobacco products," he added.
In November last year, the American government proposed to ban the sale of menthol cigars and to limit cigarettes with electronic taste to an alarming increase in consumption among young people between 11 and 18 years old.
According to a study published by the FDA at the time, more than 3.6 million young people between the ages of 11 and 18 currently use electronic cigarettes or have used them for the last 30 days, which is a big increase compared to last year. when 1.5 million children agreed to use these products.
On the contrary, tobacco consumption has declined over the last five decades since 42% of adults smoked in the early 1960s and in 2017 this figure dropped to 14%, according to the Centers data. Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).