Feds go after stores for providing tobacco products to minors


The federal government took its first actions ever against retailers for selling cigarettes to minors, an action usually reserved by states.

The Food and Drug Administration has filed complaints against eight retailers across the country for selling tobacco products to minors. The agency seeks to halt all tobacco sales at the retailers, which include grocery stores, gas stations, liquor stores and even a pub.

The FDA has never taken action against retailers for selling to minors. Normally a state agency is tasked with going after the stores.

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