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Kroger to discontinue sale of e-cigarettes

Kroger to discontinue sale of e-cigarettes”

E-cigarettes, which had grown in popularity with teens, have come under regulatory and public scrutiny as a mysterious, deadly vaping illness continues to claim lives.

The previous week, MI became the first state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.

An updated sales policy from Dillons' parent company says they will stop selling e-cigarettes at all store and fuel center locations once the current inventory has been sold.

Kroger stores, including Dillons grocery stores are discontinuing the sale of electronic cigarettes, a Dillons spokesperson confirms. Most of the illnesses involved vaping THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, while 17% used only nicotine, according to the CDC. Rite Aid in April said it would stop selling e-cigarettes in all stores.

The drugstore chain, which earlier this year set a minimum age to sell tobacco products at 21 years, said the decision was also reflective of developing regulations in a growing number of states and municipalities.

Walgreens, based in Deerfield, Illinois, operates more than 9,500 stores in the U.S.

"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 US locations", Walmart said in a statement.



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