Walmart is getting out of the vape business, following the rash of vape-related illnesses and deaths across the county in recent months. On Friday, the mega-retail chain released a memo to local managers saying their stores are no longer going to carry 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 U.S. locations,” the memo said, as reported by High Times.
While most of the vape-related health crisis has been centered around weed vapes, particularly hash oil cartridges containing vitamin e thickening agent, e-cigarettes have been getting a share of the backlash as well.
Weeks back, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a letter to leading e-cigarette purveyor Juul. Since the FDA has yet to make a decision about their product, the agency frowned on Juul making claims that their product will soon be approved by the FDA or that it is “much safer than cigarettes.”
Meanwhile that Trump dude also said recently his administration plans to put the kibosh on flavored e-cigarettes, saying, “We can’t have our kids be so affected.” And we know how much he cares about kids.
The move from Walmart comes just weeks after it made another announcement: the store said earlier this month that it will stop selling handgun ammunition and will also ask customers not to carry guns in their stores.
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