// Walmart to stop selling e-cigarettes in its US stores
// Move is due to “growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity” regarding vaping products
Walmart has said it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its US stores following a string of mysterious illnesses and deaths related to vaping.
The largest retailer in the US said it would complete its exit from e-cigarettes after selling through its current inventory.
The move is due to “growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity” regarding vaping products, the retail giant said.
There has been no indication that the decision will be extended to Asda, which is owned by Walmart.
President Donald Trump has proposed a federal ban on flavoured e-cigarettes and vaping products.
Michigan banned the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes this week.
A few local governments, including San Francisco, have also passed bans on flavoured tobacco.
Meanwhile outside the US, India issued a ban on e-cigarettes just last week.
E-cigarettes represent a very small part of Walmart’s nicotine business, which also includes traditional cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and nicotine gum.
However, the vaping industry has come under increased scrutiny after some deaths and illnesses – along with a surge in underage e-cigarette use.
More than 500 people have been diagnosed with breathing illnesses after using e-cigarettes and other vaping devices, according to US health officials.
An eighth death was reported this week, although health officials still have not identified the cause.
In July, Walmart raised the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, including all e-cigarettes, to 21.