Walmart cited "growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty" as its reason for bailing on e-cigarettes and related products. "We will complete our exit after selling through current inventory", the corporate mentioned.
The decision comes after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that 530 people have fallen ill from a mysterious vaping-related lung disease, and that seven people have died.
Missouri health officials announced on Thursday the vaping-related death of a man in his mid-40s.
All of the cases involve patients with a history of vaping or e-cigarette product use. Given that, I hope Walmart will continue their string of principled business moves and discontinue the sale of traditional cigarettes as well. An eight death was reported this week. Last week, the Trump administration said it would take steps to remove nearly all flavored e-cigarette products from the market, pending their approval by the Food and Drug Administration.
President Donald Trump said last week that the FDA would be putting out "some very strong recommendations" regarding the use of flavored e-cigarettes.
Meanwhile, Walmart's announcement has been criticized by the American Vaping Association, who called it a "predictable move at a time of massive misguided fears".
President Donald Trump and top U.S. officials moreover expressed disclose about surging teenage consume of e-cigarettes at a time when neatly being officials are investigating quite loads of of stories of vaping-linked lung illness and some deaths. Walmart operates more than 5,000 stores under its namesake and Sam's Club in the U.S. "This will drive former adult smokers to purchase more cigarettes".
Meanwhile, the retailer still sells cigarettes and chewing tobacco, but raised the purchasing age to 21 in May. It also said then that it was in the process of discontinuing the sale of fruit- and dessert flavoured electronic nicotine delivery systems. Earlier this month it chose to discontinue sales of certain gun ammunition and requested customers no longer openly carry firearms in its stores, even where state laws allow it.
Reuters reported news of the decision earlier.