In May, Walmart raised the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 in all its stores and said it would stop selling fruit-flavored e-cigarettes.
The nation's largest retailer said Friday that it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam's Clubs in the US when it sells out its current inventory. "We can complete our exit after selling by recent stock", the firm acknowledged.
President Donald Trump and other top USA officials also expressed concern about the growing use of such products as health officials investigate the matter.
The crackdown has also spread overseas, where this week India said it would ban e-cigarettes. Ninety-seven percent of youth vapers use flavored varieties. "We urge them to make this policy permanent and to go further by ending sales of all tobacco products, including cigarettes".
It is unclear if these products were sold in all Walmarts, or if they are still sold in them, as the retail giant has already removed all e-cigarettes from its online store (it still sells vaping accessories online).
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Walmart announced Friday it will non longer sell vaping products in its almost 5,000 stores.
Critics are questioning why Walmart would exit the e-cigarette category while continuing to sell traditional cigarettes.
More than 500 people have been diagnosed with breathing illnesses after using e-cigarettes and other vaping devices, according to USA health officials.
There are signs the number of cases in the U.S.is climbing.
IL health officials are asking people who use e-cigarettes - whether they are ill or healthy - to fill out an anonymous survey about their vaping habits.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and state health departments have been investigating this outbreak. CVS Health got out of the cigarette business five years ago, and says it doesn't sell any vaping devices. And now that Walmart has announced it will stop selling e-cigarettes, they are pushing the company to drop all tobacco products.