With the recent vaping-related deaths, Walmart has taken the step to stop selling e-cigarettes at their stores. This is going to be applicable at all the namesake stores and Sam’s Club locations.
The Vaping-Related Deaths –
The lung illness, however, is related to e-cigarettes in general. In fact, it’s not clear precisely what’s causing it. Since the start of this year’s vaping-related deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that people “consider refraining from using e-cigarette or vaping products” — although if they used vaping products to quit smoking, they shouldn’t switch back to cigarettes.
While the rules around cigarettes are well-established, vaping has occupied a more nebulous position, and it’s not surprising that a company like Walmart could find that disconcerting. Walmart declined to say whether it might restart selling e-cigarettes if new legislation is passed or health inspectors offer more information about the recent illnesses.
More Insight –
No More e-Cigarettes At Walmart
“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 U.S. locations,” says the statement. “We will complete our exit after selling through current inventory.”
The decision by America’s largest retailer may influence other stores and marks another setback for the vaping industry. Walmart said it’s exiting the business because of regulatory flux. CBS, Viacom and CNN parent company WarnerMedia also announced this week they would prohibit e-cigarette advertisements on their networks.