Walmart will quit selling e-cigarettes as vape-related illnesses pile up

First case of vape-related lung disease reported in Maine

Walmart will quit selling e-cigarettes as vape-related illnesses pile up

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

NY state health officials voted Tuesday to carry out Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive action to ban sales of most flavored e-cigarettes. He developed mild respiratory symptoms that worsened, and was hospitalized on August 22.

Just on Thursday, U.S. health officials said there are now 530 confirmed or probable cases of lung injury associated with vaping, a jump from 380 cases reported last week. That's 150 more than was reported on September 11. Cases have been identified in 38 states.

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According to the CDC, almost three-quarters of the cases are male and two-thirds are 18 to 34 years old.

The Trump administration has moved toward banning flavored vaping products, and similar bans are already in place in the states of NY and MI. Officials still haven't determined a cause of the ailment, and there didn't appear to be one product or substance involved. The CDC has been relying on a more conservative count.

Walmart's decision is the latest blow to the vaping industry, which has tried to position its products as healthier alternatives to smoking cigarettes, which are responsible for 480,000 deaths a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The move came after the US Food and Drug Administration called out the company for illegally selling tobacco products to minors. A thickening agent, vitamin E acetate, has been detected in a number of the samples analyzed.

"We can't allow people to get sick".

Until now, the 5,358 Walmart and Sam's Club stores across the U.S. sold a variety of e-cigarettes sand e-cig products. Seven deaths in six states have been attributed to the illness. After years of steady decline, the number of middle and high school students using tobacco products increased between 2017 and 2018, largely because of the growing popularity of e-cigarettes.

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Layden said the survey might be able to fill in some details to explain why some people become sick and others do not. The nation's largest retailer is responding to growing health concerns around vaping, especially among young people. "This will drive former adult smokers to purchase more cigarettes". Next week, the House of Representatives will hold hearings on health impacts of vaping.

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