Walgreens To Stop E-Cigarette Sales As Scrutiny Of Vaping Intensifies

By | October 7, 2019

letter sent to the CEOs of Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Microsoft, calling on the companies to “remain vigilant against the sale of items used to create counterfeit vaping products, such as empty vaping cartridges.”

Already, the retail giant Walmart as well as the grocery chain Kroger have also ceased sales of e-cigarettes in the wake of reports of deaths and other illness have been linked to vaping.

The move by Walgreens comes at a time when the drugstore chain is also evaluating whether to continue to sell tobacco products several years after its rival, CVS Health, stopped selling tobacco products in its stores in what at the time was considered a landmark move. CVS has never sold e-cigarettes and hasn’t sold tobacco products for the past five years.

“We’ve recently strengthened our policies related to tobacco sales, including a chain-wide Tobacco 21 policy (a minimum age of 21 for any tobacco purchases), a card-all policy, and lowering the visibility of these products in our stores,” a Walgreens spokesman said Monday. “We have seen positive results from these measures, and as we’ve stated previously, we will continue to consider this issue.”  

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Amid regulatory scrutiny of vaping, Walgreens Boots Alliance said it will stop sales of e-cigarettes at all U.S. stores.

“We have made the decision to stop selling e-cigarette products at our stores nationwide as the CDC, FDA and other health officials continue to examine the issue,” Walgreens said in a statement Monday afternoon. “This decision is also reflective of developing regulations in a growing number of states and municipalities.”

Earlier today, the American Medical Association ratcheted up the pressure on “e-commerce sites” in an effort to curtail sales of vaping products, citing the “outbreak of serious lung injuries.”

The AMA sent a letter sent to the CEOs of Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Microsoft, calling on the companies to “remain vigilant against the sale of items used to create counterfeit vaping products, such as empty vaping cartridges.”

Already, the retail giant Walmart as well as the grocery chain Kroger have also ceased sales of e-cigarettes in the wake of reports of deaths and other illness have been linked to vaping.

The move by Walgreens comes at a time when the drugstore chain is also evaluating whether to continue to sell tobacco products several years after its rival, CVS Health, stopped selling tobacco products in its stores in what at the time was considered a landmark move. CVS has never sold e-cigarettes and hasn’t sold tobacco products for the past five years.

“We’ve recently strengthened our policies related to tobacco sales, including a chain-wide Tobacco 21 policy (a minimum age of 21 for any tobacco purchases), a card-all policy, and lowering the visibility of these products in our stores,” a Walgreens spokesman said Monday. “We have seen positive results from these measures, and as we’ve stated previously, we will continue to consider this issue.”  

Forbes – Healthcare