Attention Walmart shoppers: As of July 1, all domestic Walmart and Sam’s Clubs will cease sales of e-cigarettes to anyone under 21. Additionally, the largest retailer in the world has announced that it will stop sales of sweet-flavored e-cigarettes, following in the footsteps of Rite Aid and Walgreens after a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration.
April’s warning letter targeting specific retailers across the country sparked a flood of changes within the retail sales space, and Walmart’s approximate 13,000 compliance checks regarding minor sales since 2010 received less than stellar marks. CNN.com reports that 93% of the checks passed, prompting a statement from Walmart brass: "While we have implemented a robust compliance program, we are not satisfied with falling short of our company-wide goal of 100% compliance. Even a single sale to a minor is one too many, and we take seriously our responsibilities in this regard,” Walmart’s chief compliance and ethics officer for the U.S., John Scudder, said.
The FDA’s warning letter seems to have been the final push to limit e-cigarette sales. The organization has threatened a ban on not only flavors but e-cigarette manufacturing as a whole, but so we’ve seen individual businesses, jurisdictions and states adopting their own versions of Tobacco 21 and limiting — or banning altogether — flavors.
Again, the argument stands: What will adult smokers who are trying to quit do when flavor sales are prohibited altogether?
Starting in September, vapers will no longer be able to buy e-cigarettes at nationwide Walgreens, the drugstore and convenience chain announced this week. Since being put on notice by the Food and Drug Administration in February for being a “top violator among pharmacies that sell tobacco products, with 22 percent of the stores inspected having [...]
In a move that is quite baffling to vaping advocates, convenience store chain Rite Aid has decided to stop all e-cigarette and vaping product sales, however spokespeople say that the company will continue to sell traditional tobacco products in its approximate 2,500 nationwide stores. The move will go into effect gradually within the next three [...]
Smoking has a long-standing history with the United States Military, however vaping is taking over. Even though e-cigarettes are not an FDA approved approach to harm reduction, studies show that vaping is better than smoking, which is great news for harm reduction efforts and the troops.Military Times reports some great numbers for vaping and the [...]
Vape shop owners in Vermont are afraid of a new excise tax that would effectively double the cost of vaping in the state, and rightfully so. NBC 5 reports that the legislation is “speeding through” the process, and the 92 percent tax on devices and liquid cartridges could deter smokers who are trying to break [...]
In a new win for harm reduction, a news study published in the journal JAMA Network Open provides an estimate of toxins in e-cigarettes versus analog cigarettes. Of course there is no science as to the long-term effects of e-cigarettes yet, but Maciej Goniewicz, one of the authors of the study, told CNN that estimates [...]
Last month the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unleashed new laws that bans sales of flavored e-cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations. Now, these products will only be sold in speciality tobacco and vape stores with age restrictions. Oregon-based News-Review also reports that age verification requirements for online sales will increase, and the FDA [...]
Whether you believe the vaping age for purchase and/or possession should be 18, 21 or somewhere in between, 21 seems to be the magic number for lawmakers across the country. Ordinances are being passed faster than ever before, and we’re here to keep you posted on what’s passed and what’s pending.The entire state of Massachusetts [...]
For 22 seasons, South Park has taken on familiar and topical mainstream subjects, poking fun at them to an extreme that allows us to not take ourselves too seriously. Last week’s episode was no different, but this time vaping was the hot topic in a long-awaited episode titled, “Tegridy Farms.”In Tegridy Farms, Randy learns that [...]
Part of the definition of the term reduction — the action or fact of making a specified thing smaller or less in amount, degree or size — focuses on the word action. The vaping industry is one of action, and harm reduction is a very real and necessary action for all of us. We’re so [...]