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 [...]
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 [...]
Illinois becomes the first Midwest state to adopt Tobacco 21, thanks to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s passage. Gov. Bruce Rauner previously vetoed the bill last year. The purchase law goes into effect July 1, but it’s important to note there will be no penalties for underage possession. Illinois joins California, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon [...]
Since soon-to-be-former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s resignation announcement, the organization has had a busy couple of weeks. The most recent announcement came mid-March, when the FDA released its proposal: Modifications to Compliance Policy for Certain Deemed Tobacco Products. The main points of the proposal are that anyone under 18 is banned from [...]
We all know the benefits of vaping over smoking — no tar, no tobacco, no smell, can wean oneself off nicotine addiction down to 0 nic e-liquids — the list goes on. However, while debates on these topics and tax rates rage on, what we do know right now is that vaping can be much [...]
Public Health England (PHE) famously released a study that says vaping is 95 percent less harmful than smoking tobacco. And now, more experts are getting behind the science of harm reduction and vaping on the heels of PHE’s new video detailing an experiment that shows the alarming amount of black tar accumulating in heavy smokers’ [...]
In either a shocking or predictable move this week — depending on what side of the fence you are on — Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has “made his most direct threat yet against e-cigarette companies,” reports NBC News.Gottlieb’s statement at a hearing held at FDA headquarters continued, saying that companies face an [...]
We round out 2018’s blogs with two new studies that give vapers and vaping advocates hope for the future.First, we tackle the claim that vaping is a gateway to smoking, not the other way around. An op-ed by Quartz outlined a new study that proves just the opposite, that vaping — especially amongst teens — [...]
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 [...]