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Walmart ceases e-cigarette sales

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Walmart ceases e-cigarette sales

Walmart has said it will no longer sell e-cigarettes in the US, amid mounting calls to ban the products entirely.


The retailer said its decision was due to "uncertainty" about the rules governing e-cigarettes, which US health authorities have linked to more than 500 cases of lung injury.

US President Donald Trump last week said the US would prohibit sales of all flavoured e-cigarettes.

Two states - New York and Michigan - have already imposed such bans.

On Friday a group of US senators called on health authorities to remove all pod and cartridge-based e-cigarettes from the market until it can be proven the products are safe.

The crackdown has also spread overseas, where this week India said it would ban e-cigarettes.

"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," Walmart said.

"We will complete our exit after selling through current inventory."

E-cigarettes were initially welcomed as a safer alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes.

Doctors, public health experts and cancer charities in the UK continue to say that, based on current evidence, e-cigarettes carry a fraction of the risk of cigarettes.

In the US, however, a surge in teen vaping has spurred a backlash against the products, which contain nicotine, which is addictive.

This summer, the US Centers for Disease Control linked vaping to a mysterious outbreak of lung injuries, in which eight people have died and more than 500 taken ill so far.

 

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