Walmart says it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam's Clubs following a string of illnesses and deaths related to vaping.
The nation's largest retailer said Friday 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.
Earlier this month, Walmart said it will discontinue the sale of handgun ammunition and publicly request that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms in stores even where state laws allow it.
The Bentonville, Arkansas-based discounter, which has 211 stores in Georgia, said it will stop selling short-barrel and handgun ammunition after it runs out of its current inventory. It will also discontinue handgun sales in Alaska, marking its complete exit from handguns and allowing it to focus on hunting rifles and related ammunition only.
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