Walmart pulls plug on all e-cigarette sales as vaping crisis roils marijuana industry

Walmart said Friday that it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam’s Clubs following a string of mysterious illnesses and deaths related to vaping.

Walmart’s decision comes in the wake of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launching a criminal investigation into the vaping health crisis, bringing added scrutiny to the state-legal marijuana industry and potentially exposing companies to federal legal action.

So far, there have been eight deaths and more than 500 people diagnosed with breathing illnesses after using e-cigarettes and other vaping devices, according to U.S. health officials.

Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, said that it will 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 company said in a statement.Walmart vaping marijuana markets, Walmart pulls plug on all e-cigarette sales as vaping crisis roils marijuana industry

President Donald Trump has proposed a federal ban on flavored e-cigarettes, raising concerns in the marijuana industry that the growing health crisis could make cannabis vaping a target for state and U.S. authorities.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that a number of non-government researchers are investigating possible causes of the vaping illnesses and deaths.

One theory is that inhaling vaping oils, such as THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and vitamin E acetate, could contribute to lung damage, according to the Reuters article.

– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily

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2 comments on “Walmart pulls plug on all e-cigarette sales as vaping crisis roils marijuana industry
  1. jeff l on

    Vaping doesn`t kill anyone. It`s been studied over in the UK for a very long time and they`ve concluded that vaping is 95% safer then smoking tradtionally. They actually sell the vape in hospitals and pharmacies. But vaping foreign matter such as vitamin e acetate is another thing. By vaping that it causes fat particles to be released into the lungs and causes severe illnesses and / or death.
    No viable company is going to put that crap in there vape products but guess who would?
    Hmmm…..Black Market?

  2. Regular cigarette smoker on

    8 deaths and 500+ people with breathing illnesses ?!?! Are you kidding me walmart? How many people have died from regular cigarettes? How many people have breathing illnesses from regular cigarettes? Im pretty sure its more than 8 dead and more than 500 with illnesses. How many more people have to die or get ill from regular cigarettes before walmart stops selling regular cigarettes

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