Kroger Says It Will Stop Selling E-cigarettes

WWJ News
October 07, 2019 - 4:44 pm

(WWJ) Kroger will end the sale of e-cigarettes. 

Making the announcement on its website, the grocery chain said it is discontinuing the sale of electronic nicotine delivery products at all stores and fuel centers due to questions around health concerns and the regulatory environment associated with the products. 

Kroger said when its current stock is gone that will be the end of e-cigarette product sales for the company. 

This comes after Walmart made the same announcement last month. 

Nationwide, more than a thousand people have suffered vaping-related lung injuries in recent months, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Last Friday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported the first vaping-related death in the state

Both state and federal health officials are urging people not to use any vape or e-cigarette products while investigations continue into what is causing the illnesses and deaths.

Kroger's announcement comes less than a week after emergency rules banning the sale an advertisement of sweet and fruity vape flavors, including mint and menthol, went into full effect in Michigan. The state ban, which does not include tobacco-flavored vape products, will last for six months and then can be renewed for another six months.