Walmart has written a letter to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stating that it is raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21.
Additionally, Walmart is also going stop selling fruit and dessert-flavoured e-cigarettes, after the FDA threatened to fine several supermarket and convenience store chains across the US for illegally selling tobacco products to minors.
At the time, FDA said that Walmart violated inspections for illegally selling tobacco products to minors by a rate of 17%.
Walmart said it would take steps to prevent minors from buying tobacco products, including improving its age verification training for staff by using virtual reality software.
At 9.30am we'll discover the latest Office for National Statistics unemployment figures for January.
Before then in company announcements there'll be Walmart and Asda quarter four figures, and interims from BHP Billiton and the International Hotel Group, with HSBC already having issued disappointing annual results this morning.
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Asda and co should 'pay their staff fairly'
Our clients are obviously delighted to have won this major victory against Asda and we now hope that rather than continuing to spend huge sums of money thwarting attempts to pay their staff what they are worth, Asda and the other major supermarkets pay their staff fairly as these workers are also their customers and fair wages benefit all businesses and UK society in general. We call on Wal-Mart to lead the change for those hard-working store staff who are their workers and the public face of Asda."
Asda workers win first stage of equal pay battle
Asda store staff can compare themselves to warehouse workers, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Asda, which is owned by US retail giant Wal-Mart, had appealed against two previous rulings which found that lower paid shop workers, who are mostly women,
can compare themselves to higher paid workers in Asda’s distribution centres,
who are mostly men.
Law firm Leigh Day, which is representing Asda workers, said equal pay cases have three main stages.
Firstly, deciding whether are roles are comparable. Secondly, whether they are equal value, and thirdly, is there a reason other than discrimination which means roles shouldn't have equal pay?