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Large retailers join Walmart in phasing out e-cigarette sales

Among them are Walgreens, Albertsons Companies and Kroger, which owns Fred Meyer.

Posted: Oct 9, 2019 10:49 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Amid growing concerns, national retailers are announcing they will stop selling e-cigarettes.

Among them are Walgreens, Albertsons Companies and Kroger, which owns Fred Meyer.

RELATED: WALMART TO PHASE OUT SALE OF E-CIGARETTES

In their decisions, the companies point to the uncertain regulatory environment and all of the cases of lung illnesses.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least 1,080 people across the country have been struck with lung illnesses connected to vaping and at least 18 have died.

Officials do not know what is causing the illness. Medical tests have pointed to oils lodged in victims’ lungs, while others have pointed to lung reactions typical of exposure to toxic chemicals.

Of Oregon’s nine victims, at least five used products they bought at legal marijuana retail stores.

MORE: GOV. BROWN ORDERS TEMPORARY BAN ON SOME VAPING PRODUCTS

On Oct. 4, Oregon joined states such as Washington, New York, Michigan and Rhode Island in putting a temporary ban in place for some vaping products.

Officials with Kroger and Albertsons Companies, which owns Albertsons and Safeway, said they will stop sales as soon as their current inventories run out.

Walmart made a similar announcement last month.

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