NEW YORK – Walmart says it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam’s Clubs following a string illnesses and deaths related to vaping.
The nation’s largest retailer said Friday that it will complete its exit from e-cigarettes after selling through current inventory. It cited growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity regarding vaping products.
More than 500 people have been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses. An eight death was reported this week. But health officials still have not identified the cause.
Three cases of vaping related-illness have been confirmed in Washington.
The first to be diagnosed with severe lung disease related to vaping was a King County man in his late teens, health officials said.
Two additional cases in Spokane County, a patient in their teens and a patient in their 20s, were confirmed earlier this week.
“All three confirmed cases reported vaping prior to illness but to date we have not identified a product, device or additive that are common to all three cases,” officials said.
The Washington State Department of Health said it will continue to provide updates on confirmed cases here.