Walmart to phase out sale of e-cigarettes

Walmart will no longer sell e-cigarettes once their inventory runs out.

Posted: Sep 20, 2019 6:52 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Walmart announced Friday that will it stop selling e-cigarettes in its stores across the county, including ones here in Oregon.

Walmart made the decision based on “the growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty regarding e-cigarettes.”

This decision by America’s largest retailer comes nearly a week after the Trump administration announced a plan to regulate e-cigarettes.

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Other companies like CBS, Viacom, and CNN’s parent company Time Warner announced this week they will ban the advertisement of e-cigarettes in their networks.

Eugene resident Julia Fishwick said she’s glad companies are being proactive about something the public knows very little about.

“Yeah, I'd definitely think it’s important to do some research into it, and its nice that somebody else is doing it, so I don't have to,” Fishwick said.

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So far there have been over 500 cases of lung illness linked to e-cigarettes around the country, resulting in eight deaths, one being here in Oregon.

Walmart will continue to sell e-cigarettes until their inventory runs out. 

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