Kroger, Walgreens to Halt E-Cig Sales

Decision comes amid U.S. concerns over vaping. 

October 09, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Management of Kroger Co. and Walgreens Boots Alliance have announced their stores will stop selling e-cigarettes following heightened regulatory scrutiny of the products and reports of lung disease and some deaths linked to vaping, according the New York Times. The announcements come a few weeks after Walmart reported it would end e-cig sales.

E-cigarettes and other vaping products have been linked to a mysterious lung illness that has reportedly led to 20 deaths. The number of confirmed and probable cases of the illness now exceeds 1,000, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Kroger will stop offering e-cigarettes after selling through its current inventory. Walgreens said it will stop selling e-cigarette products at its U.S. stores while the CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other health organizations continue to study the issue.

New York and Michigan have banned the sales of flavored vaping products. The Trump Administration has announced plans to remove all flavored e-cigarettes from store shelves, but no action has been taken. Kroger operates more than 2,700 stores, including more than 1,500 fuel stations, while Walgreens has nearly 10,000 drugstores in the United States.