Walmart, Sam's Club will stop selling e-cigarettes

A man who died in St. Louis this week was the first vaping-related death in Missouri and eighth overall in the U.S., according to health officials. 

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September 20, 2019 - 1:08 pm

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NEW YORK (AP/KMOX) — Walmart says it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam's Clubs following a string illnesses and deaths related to vaping. A man who died in St. Louis this week was the first vaping-related death in the state of Missouri and eighth overall in the U.S., according to health officials. 

The nation's largest retailer said Friday that it will complete its exit from e-cigarettes after selling through current inventory. It cited growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity regarding vaping products.

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More than 500 people have been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses. But health officials still have not identified the cause.

The death of a Missouri man in his mid-40s happened this week at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

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The statement from Mercy and the Department of Health and Senior Services says the man started vaping to deal with chronic pain but doesn't specify what he was using — whether it was nicotine, THC from a legal dispensary somewhere or THC from a black market street vendor.

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