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Walmart to quit e-cigarette sales amid vaping backlash

Walmart to quit e-cigarette sales amid vaping backlash
The vaping industry has tried to position its products as healthier alternatives to smoking cigarettes, which is responsible for 480,000 yearly deaths in the US.

New York - Impact on retailer will however be small



By AP

Published: Sat 21 Sep 2019, 9:59 PM

Last updated: Sun 22 Sep 2019, 12:01 AM

Walmart is getting out of the vaping business.
The nation's largest retailer said that it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam's Clubs in the US when it sells out its current inventory.
The nation's largest retailer said the move is due to "growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity" regarding vaping products.
It also comes after several hundred people have mysteriously fallen ill after vaping, and eight have died.
Walmart's decision is the latest blow to the vaping industry, which has tried to position its products as healthier alternatives to smoking cigarettes, which are responsible for 480,000 deaths a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But the industry has come under increased scrutiny after the deaths and illnesses - along with a surge in underage vaping.
President Donald Trump has proposed a federal ban on flavoured e-cigarettes and vaping products. Michigan banned the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes last week. In June, San Francisco became the first major US city to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes.
The bulk of e-cigarettes are sold through vape shops, which number about 115,000 nationwide, with additional outlets including drug stores, grocery stores and tobacco outlets, industry experts say.
E-cigarettes represent a very small part of Walmart's nicotine business, which also includes traditional cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and nicotine gum, so the impact on the retailer will be small.


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