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FDA Seeks Enforcement Action Against Retailers Who Sell Tobacco Products to Minors

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will take enforcement action against retailers who sell tobacco products to minors, it said Thursday.

"Retailers are the first line of defense in preventing the illegal sale of harmful and addictive products like cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to youth," Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products said in a statement. "These enforcement actions will send a powerful message to all retailers that there are real consequences for repeatedly violating the law."

Retailers who have five or more repeated violations within 36 months can legally have enforcement action pursued against them. The first set of enforcement actions include the prohibition of regulated tobacco sales at eight locations in New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Maryland and Missouri.

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