On Friday, the 12th of April 2019, the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) said that they had sent letters to Kroger Co., Walmart Inc. and ten other store chains, as the largest chain stores of Unites States had been allegedly selling tobacco to the minors.
In the letter, prepared on April 5th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of United States had asked the companies to propose a course of action within next 30 days, on how they would plan to mitigate and address the illegal sales of tobacco to the minors.
According to the letter, ten other retail chain stores had also received similar letters including Casey’s General Store, 7-Eleven Inc., Family Dollar Stores, alongside retail store operated by Royal Dutch Shell Plc., Chevron Corp, Exxon Mobil Corp., Citgo, Sunoco LP, Marathon Petroleum and BP Plc.
Addressing retailers’ role on curbing health consequences of tobacco use, FDA wrote in the letter, “We all share the important responsibility of keeping harmful and addictive tobacco products out of the hands of kids.
Retailers in particular are on the frontlines of these efforts to reduce the health consequences of tobacco use and nicotine dependence”. Never the less, earlier this year, the FDA had also initiated a Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan, a move designed to discourage teen-agers from smoking.