New York (CNN Business) Walmart, the world's largest retailer, will increase the minimum age to buy tobacco products, marking a big moment in the fight against teen nicotine addiction.
The company announced Wednesday it will stop selling tobacco or e-cigarettes products to anyone under the age of 21 in the United States.
In March, the FDA warned several retailers , including Walmart, Kroger and Walgreens, that they were violating rules against selling tobacco products to minors.
In response, said that its stores will no longer sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 starting September 1.
Teen e-cigarette usage is soaring: The percentage of high school age children who say they used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days rose by more than 75% between 2017 and 2018, according to the National Youth Tobacco Survey.