Retailer cites regulatory uncertainty after Trump plans e-cigarette flavor ban
Walmart Inc. will stop selling all e-cigarettes in its U.S. stores, citing regulatory uncertainty around the vaping devices after the White House announced plans to ban most flavors.
The world’s biggest retailer WMT, -0.11% said it would stop carrying the devices after it winds down its current inventory of e-cigarettes. It carries a variety of e-cigarette brands such as Njoy and Blu, as well as market leader Juul.
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In May Walmart said it would raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 in all stores and would stop selling fruit-flavored e-cigarettes, amid pressure from regulators to curb use by children and teens. Walmart’s decision to halt all sales was earlier reported by CNBC.
President Trump announced plans last week to ban all flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol, citing a surge in underage vaping. The move poses a major threat to a fast-growing market dominated by Juul Labs Inc. At the same time, health officials are investigating hundreds of lung ailments linked to vaping in recent weeks.
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Sarah Nassauer, The Wall Street Journal, September 20, 2019
Walmart to stop selling all e-cigarettes