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More Than One Million Pounds of Unwanted Medication Collected: Walgreens, Leading Health Care Organizations Reach Milestone with Safe Medication Disposal Program

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“This is a true testament to how our customers and patients have responded to the need for convenient access to medication disposal options in their community,” said Rick Gates, Walgreens senior vice president of pharmacy and health care. “We are proud to be the leader in making ‘drug take back day’ available every day, just as we are grateful to the organizations across the health care community who have joined us to address the opioid epidemic.”. Through a collaboration with Google, Americans can quickly and easily find the nearest Walgreens with a safe medication disposal kiosk by searching online for “drug drop off near me” or “medication disposal near me.”. Getting ahead of the epidemic is critical to truly combating this national issue and one that can save lives.”. As part of its continuing effort to combat drug abuse, Walgreens will again participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day held on April 27 where select Walgreens stores throughout the country will serve as a collection point for law enforcement to collect unwanted, unused or expired medications for safe disposal.

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Walgreens, Rite Aid set minimum age to sell tobacco products at 21 years

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U.S. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell last week disclosed plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco products, including vaping devices, to 21 from 18.. McConnell's proposal comes as states and cities across the United States have moved to raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco in an effort to prevent addiction at young ages. So far 12 states have enacted laws to raise the minimum age to 21, including New Jersey and California. Walgreens, which announced the change earlier in the day, said the new policy will require customers to be at least 21 years old in order to purchase tobacco products in its stores and will be effective from September. The company operates 9,560 drugstores across the country and has been warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for flouting tobacco sale rules by selling tobacco products to minors. Rite Aid, which had previously announced it will remove e-cigarettes and vaping products chainwide, said the new policy would come into effect across all its stores within 90 days.

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Rite Aid raises tobacco buying age to 21, following Walgreens' lead

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Rite Aid raises tobacco buying age to 21, following Walgreens' lead. Rite Aid will raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21 within the next 90 days, the company announced Tuesday. "Raising the age for purchasing tobacco products is an important step in our efforts to ensure that these products do not fall into the hands of children and teens," Rite Aid Chief Operating Officer Bryan Everett said in a statement. Rival drugstore chain Walgreens said earlier Tuesday it would raise the age requirement to buy tobacco products starting Sept. 1.

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Walgreens Lifts Tobacco Age Limit To 21, Cigarette Stocks Mostly Unaffected

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Walgreens Lifts Tobacco Age Limit To 21, Cigarette Stocks Mostly Unaffected. Dow Jones component and drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA) said Tuesday it will only sell tobacco products to people over the age of 21 beginning Sept. 1. The legal age for purchasing tobacco products in the U.S. is 18, but Walgreens is setting its own policy in reaction to the FDA's specific demands for the retailer to do more in curbing underage smoking. Walgreens said in a press release that its new policy of restricting tobacco sales to customers over 21 can be helpful in reducing tobacco use among teens and young adults.

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Walgreens to hike minimum age for store tobacco sales

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Walgreens to hike minimum age for store tobacco sales. Associated Press23 April 2019, 18:20 GMT. Walgreens has decided to raise its minimum age for tobacco sales several weeks after a top federal official chastised the drugstore chain for violating laws restricting access to cigarettes and other tobacco products. Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. said Tuesday that it will require customers to be at least 21 years old to purchase tobacco in any of its more than 9,500 stores nationwide. The policy starts Sept. 1. Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in March that Walgreens was a top violator of tobacco sales laws among pharmacies that sell those products.

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Walgreens to require customers be 21 years old to buy tobacco products

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Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. said Tuesday it will begin requiring customers to be at least 21 years old to buy tobacco products in all of its stores, starting Sept. 1. The move comes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Repub-Ky.) said earlier this month he will introduce legislation to raise the age to buy tobacco and vaping products to 21 from 18, although members of the military would be exempted. "We've seen positive results from other recent efforts to strengthen our policies related to tobacco sales, and believe this next step can be even more impactful to reduce its use among teens and young adults," said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of operations. It has tumbled 21.5% year to date, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 14.1%.

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Walgreens to restrict tobacco product sales to customers under 21 years

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Walgreens to restrict tobacco product sales to customers under 21 years. (Reuters) - Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc said on Tuesday its drugstores will sell tobacco products to customers who are at least 21 years old under a new policy, effective September. In the face of an "epidemic" rise in tobacco products use among middle and high school students, the U.S. health regulator has been introducing new policies to restrict teen access to such products. Walgreens, which operates 9,560 drugstores across the country, has in the past been pulled up by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for flouting tobacco sale rules by selling tobacco products to minors.

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Walgreens to raise tobacco buying age to 21 in September amid FDA pressure

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Starting Sept. 1, it will require customers to be at least 21 years old in order to buy tobacco products. For more on investing in health-care innovation, click here to join CNBC at our Healthy Returns Summit in New York City on May 21. "We've seen positive results from other recent efforts to strengthen our policies related to tobacco sales, and believe this next step can be even more impactful to reduce its use among teens and young adults," Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of operations, said in a statement. A dozen states have already raised the minimum buying age and a handful of others are exploring similar action. Walgreens has tested a few tobacco-free stores but has stuck behind giving consumers the option to buy cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other products if they choose.

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Cameras That Guess Your Age, Sex and Mood Pop Up in Walgreens, Other Retailers

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With store cameras, you may not even realize you are being watched unless you happen to notice the penny-sized lenses. And that has raised concerns over privacy. At the National Retail Federation trade show in New York earlier this year, a smart shelf on display by Mood Media tried to detect "happiness" or "fear" as people stood in front it - information a store could use to gauge reaction to a product on the shelf or an ad on a screen. Cineplex Digital Media showed off video screens that can be placed in malls or bus stops and try to tell if someone is wearing glasses or sporting a beard, which in turn can be used to sell ads for new frames or razors. The technology could also lead to discriminatory practices, like raising prices when an older person walks in or pushing products based on your perceived mood such as ads for anti-depression medication if the cameras think you look sad, adds Dixon of the World Privacy Forum.

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