Kroger, Walgreens to stop sale of e-cigarettes at all stores

Kroger, Walgreens to stop sale of e-cigarettes at all stores
Doctors say vaping and smoking could increase the chances of contracting COVID-19 among younger people. (Source: Video Blocks)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Kroger will no longer sell e-cigarettes at all of its store and fuel center locations.

A spokesperson for Kroger said they are discontinuing the sale of e-cigarettes “due to the mounting questions and increasingly-complex regulatory environment associated with these products.”

Kroger says they will stop selling e-cigarettes once they are out of inventory.

Walgreens also announced on Monday that its stores will no longer sell e-cigarettes.

Walmart announced in September that it would stop selling e-cigarettes at its stores and Sam’s Club locations.

DeWine said the ban is needed to protect children from addiction.

In September, Rep. Tom Patton (R - Strongsville) introduced a bill banning the sale of flavored vaping products.

It would also create a committee to study the effects of vaping products on health.

As of Oct. 3, the Ohio Department of Health reported 23 cases of vaping-related illness in the state.

The victims range in age from 15 to 59 years.

So far, one case has been reported in Butler County and two in Hamilton County.

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