Cape Town - Calls are mounting for a ban on e-cigarettes after several deaths in the USA were attributed to vaping, and after India banning the selling, producing, importing, or advertising of e-cigarettes.
The largest retailer in the USA, based in Bentonville, Ark., said that it will complete its exit from e-cigarettes after selling through its current inventory.
The cause is now unknown and under investigation, but the U.S. CDC said most people who contracted the illness reported using vaping products that contained THC, the active ingredient in cannabis. Also, President Donald Trump's administration recently announced plans to remove all flavored e-cigarettes from stores as half of the cases of vaping-related illnesses are people younger than 25, with 16% aged under 18.
Walmart brought up the tobacco purchasing age to 21 prior this year because of what regulators are calling a "plague" of teen vaping.
The CDC and various state health departments have reported widespread use of products containing THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive substance within cannabis, among people who became ill.
E-cigarettes represent a very small part of Walmart's nicotine business, which also includes traditional cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and nicotine gum.
First known Canadian case of vaping-related illness reported in London, Ont. The firm is set to exit after the sale of the existing stock.
Based on a statement with reference to the ban, the retailer determined the decision followed as a result of "uncertainty" about the rules on e-cigarettes. That's 150 more than was reported on September 11.
Halting the sale of e-cigarettes is also Walmart's latest major decision in restricting the availability of tobacco.
There are signs the number of cases in the U.S.is climbing. Media giants CBS, Viacom, and WarnerMedia have said they won't carry ads for e-cigarettes.
Bootleg vapes are modified e-liquids that can then be be bought on the street and used with e-cig devices instead of the device-maker's own products.
NY became the first state to ban flavored vape products, which are particularly attractive, followed by MI.