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Walmart to halt sale of e-cigarettes in US stores

Retail giant Walmart informed staff on Friday that it will stop selling e-cigarettes and electronic nicotine delivery products in the US.

The move follows a crackdown on teens using the products after reports of vape-related lung diseases and deaths. In an internal memo seen by Reuters, Walmart said that there are “growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty were behind its decision”.

New York and Michigan have already banned the sale of flavoured vapes and the Trump administration also announced it will remove all flavoured e-cigarettes from stores.

Last week online retail giant, Amazon, removed vape products from its store but didn’t specify what products exactly.

In May Walmart lifted the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 years old and said it would stop selling fruit-flavoured e-cigarettes.

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