Walmart ending sales of e-cigarettes

This comes less than a week after the states of New York and Michigan announced a ban on sales of flavored e-cigarettes

Agence France-Presse

Published: 9:49 PM September 21, 2019

Updated: 9:49 PM September 21, 2019

E-CIGARETTES. Walmart will stop selling e-cigarettes once its current stocks end. File photo

NEW YORK, USA – Retail giant Walmart said Friday, Septmber 20, it would stop selling e-cigarettes in its US stores amid a growing crackdown on flavored vaping products to deter an ever growing number of young users.

"Given the growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty regarding e-cigarettes, we plan to discontinue the sale of electronic nicotine delivery products at all Walmart and Sam's Club US locations," the world's leading retail chain said in a statement. (READ: Can PH regulate its e-cigarette industry?)

"We will complete our exit after selling through current inventory," it said. Sam's Club is a membership-only retail outlet owned by the Arkansas multinational. 

The statement came 3 days after New York state followed the lead of Michigan and announced a ban on sales of flavored e-cigarettes.

The Trump administration announced on September 11 that similar measures would be enacted on the federal level, amid increasing reports of severe lung disease among young people who vape. (READ: E-cigarettes contain dangerous 'popcorn lung' chemicals)

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 530 people have been diagnosed with serious pulmonary problems after vaping, and at least eight have died according to health officials. (READ: E-cigarette use linked to heart trouble – study)

The exact cause of the health problem has yet to be determined. –