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FDA Acts to Shut Down Tobacco Sales at Stores That Sell to Minors

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    FDA Acts to Shut Down Tobacco Sales at Stores That Sell to Minors
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    Pictured are packs of cigarettes waiting to be purchased at a Chicago area news stand. The FDA is cracking down on tobacco sales to youth under the age of 18.

    The Food and Drug Association is taking aim at eight shops that have repeatedly sold tobacco products to kids under 18, NBC News reports.

    The stores — in New Jersey, Michigan, Missouri, Maryland and Illinois — have 30 days to stop selling tobacco products or they can file an appeal, the FDA said.

    "The FDA plans to conduct unannounced compliance check inspections during that period to check whether the establishment is complying with the terms of the order," the agency said in a statement.

    The agency has been flexing its muscle since Congress gave it the power to regulate tobacco in 2009.