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Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes

Retailer cites regulatory uncertainty after Trump plans e-cigarette flavor ban

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By Sarah Nassauer

A previous version of this report incorrectly stated that Njoy was among the brands that Walmart has carried. It was not. The story has been corrected.


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Walmart Inc. will stop selling all e-cigarettes in its U.S. stores, citing regulatory uncertainty around the vaping devices after the White House announced plans to ban most flavors.

The world’s biggest retailer /zigman2/quotes/207374728/composite WMT -1.17% said it would stop carrying the devices after it winds down its current inventory of e-cigarettes. It carries a variety of e-cigarette brands, including the market leader Juul.

See related: Juul claimed its e-cigarettes are ‘totally safe,’ but the case against vaping keeps building

In May Walmart said it would raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 in all stores and would stop selling fruit-flavored e-cigarettes, amid pressure from regulators to curb use by children and teens. Walmart’s decision to halt all sales was earlier reported by CNBC.

President Trump announced plans last week to ban all flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol, citing a surge in underage vaping. The move poses a major threat to a fast-growing market dominated by Juul Labs Inc. At the same time, health officials are investigating hundreds of lung ailments linked to vaping in recent weeks.

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An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com .

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