Walmart has joined other national chains in announcing plans to end tobacco sales to people under 21, effective July 1.
The retailer also will stop sales of fruit and dessert-flavored vaping materials, popular with the young.
Federal legislation has been promised on a 21 legal smoking age. Tobacco companies are promoting it. Critics say this is to detract attention from the growing popularity of vaping, a non-tobacco, nicotine-delivery system.
The Arkansas legislature included a 21 age — exempting people currently 19 or other and people in the military — as part of a tobacco lobby-influenced bill to raise money for UAMS cancer research from medical marijuana taxes. Tobacco and vaping got off without new taxes.