By Reuters and Natalie Rahhal Deputy Health Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 16:23 GMT, 7 February 2019 | Updated: 23:24 GMT, 7 February 2019
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is slapping Walgreens with a 30-ban on tobacco sales after the retailer repeatedly sold tobacco products to minors, the agency said Thursday.
Walgreens is among several store chains that the FDA has filed claims against for breaching its rules on tobacco sales.
But the pharmacy giant's violations far outstrip those made by other retailers. In 22 percent of its stores that the FDA inspected, Walgreens had sold cigarettes, cigars or e-cigarettes to underage people.
The FDA's latest move against Walgreens comes after the store chain was among the top offenders fined for selling e-cigarettes to minors last year.
Walgreens sold tobacco to minors in 22 percent of the stores that the FDA investigated
Walgreens is currently the top violator among pharmacies that sell tobacco products, racking up 1,800 violations for selling tobacco to young people, a rap sheet FDA Commissioner Dr Scott Gottlieb said 'astonished' him.
'I will be writing