It is reported that Wal Mart, a global retailer, said in an internal memorandum that due to the "regulatory complexity" and "uncertainty" of the e-cigarette industry, Wal Mart will stop selling e-cigarettes in Wal Mart and Sam's member stores in the United States.
It is understood that Wal Mart is another company that has quit the e-cigarette industry. Federal regulators say they will soon ban scented electronic cigarettes. Some countries have completely banned the use of electronic cigarettes, saying that they pose too much harm to health.
In recent weeks, the proportion of teenagers smoking electronic cigarettes in the United States has risen to a record high. It is reported that eight people have died of lung diseases related to electronic cigarettes.
"We plan to stop selling nicotine e-cigarettes in Wal Mart and Sam's member stores across the United States, given the increasing complexity and uncertainty of e-cigarettes among federal, state and local regulators," Wal Mart said in a memo to local managers. We will exit after the current stock is sold out. "
E-cigarettes are considered to be a less harmful way of quitting smoking than traditional cigarettes. However, U.S. health officials now accuse e-cigarettes of causing lung disease, which affects about 530 people. Health officials have yet to determine which brand or substance is responsible.
At the same time, the trump administration is preparing a federal ban on flavored e-cigarettes, and cities and states in the United States are taking similar measures.
Earlier this year, Wal Mart raised the age of tobacco purchases to 21 in response to what regulators call the "epidemic" of teenage smoking. More than a quarter of high school students say they use electronic cigarettes, according to federal preliminary survey data. Lawmakers blame Juul, a popular brand in the US e-cigarette market, for the surge in young people's use of e-cigarettes.
Some have called on the food and drug administration to crack down on this largely unregulated industry. Impatient with the lack of federal action, many companies, states and cities are taking their own steps to cut ties with the e-cigarette industry. CBS, Warner media and Viacom, for example, have all said they will stop advertising e-cigarettes.
In addition, the American smoking Association accused Wal mart of continuing to sell cigarettes while taking them off the shelves.