Walmart said Friday that it would suspend e-cigarette sales at its locations in the United States.
The decision comes amid growing medical concerns about the effects of vaping. In recent months, mysterious diseases related to vamping have increased. Medical authorities said Thursday that the number of vaping-related lung diseases has increased to 530 probable cases, and a Missouri man has become the eighth to die from mysterious ailments.
On Sunday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced emergency provisions to quickly ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, and state health officials approved the ban on Tuesday. Michigan announced this month it would also ban such products.
Walmart raised the minimum age for tobacco products to 21 earlier this year and said in May that it would also not sell "electronic flavoring systems for fruit and dessert flavors."
It's an evolving story. It will be updated.