NPR – The nation’s largest retailer is responding to growing health concerns, especially among young people.
Walmart says it will stop selling electronic cigarettes, at namesake stores and Sam’s Club locations.
Walmart cited “growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty regarding e-cigarettes,” saying that its stores will stop selling e-cigarettes once the current inventory is sold.
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. Eight people have died.
As NPR previously reported, vaping products originally were welcomed by many people as a potentially safer alternative to cigarettes. And while millions of adults have switched from cigarettes, vaping has also attracted a new generation of nicotine addicts … Read more.
2 vaping companies settle LA suit, won’t sell to minors
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two vaping companies have agreed not to promote their products to minors under a settlement with Los Angeles prosecutors.
The city attorney’s office announced a lawsuit settlement Friday with NEwhere Inc. and VapeCo Distribution LLC.
The LA-based companies also will pay $350,000 in fines.
LA accused the firms of using marketing that promotes youth consumption of tobacco and selling vaping products online without proper age verification.
City Attorney Mike Feuer says members of his office posed as 15-year-olds and were able to buy nicotine products.
Under the settlement, the companies can’t advertise on media platforms directed to minors, sponsor music or sports events and their advertising can’t use “celebrities, influencers or models” under 30 or those who have large youth followings.
Legal action continues against a third company, Kandypens.