Rite- Aid & Walgreens in Newtown Raising Age to Buy Cigarettes
Back in 2014, CVS put a stop to selling tobacco products to promote health and wellness, and now it seems that other drugstores are following the trend. Which makes perfect sense, because how can you promote a healthy life and sell things that are proven to cause cancer and other awful diseases?
If you smoke cigarettes, you will have to be 21 to buy them at Walgreens and Rite Aids in Pennsylvania. According to The Patch, Walgreens will stop selling tobacco products in September to anyone who is not 21 and Rite Aid stores will stop starting in July. There have been a number of states and cities in the U.S. that have raised the age limit of smoking to 21, so the fact that Walgreens and Rite Aid stores are doing it, is no surprise. I actually wouldn't be surprised if they get rid of tobacco products altogether like CVS did.
I definitely think it's a step in the right direction, since people as young as 13 are now starting to smoke cigarettes and vape. Studies have show that raising the age from 18 to 21 has made the amount of young smokers decline.