Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. pointed out that it has long had a policy in place to not sell complete devices across the States. However, the firm added that it will now also stop selling components and listings for products such as box mods, vape pens, herbal vapors, heat not burn devices, and empty pod cartridges, will not be displayed to users in the US.
The decision was taken due to “uncertainty” with regards to e-cig regulations.
Similarly last month, Walmart, one of America’s largest multinational retail corporations, announced that it will no longer be selling vaping products locally.
The firm explained that the decision was taken due to “uncertainty” with regards to e-cig regulations. “Given the growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty regarding e-cigarettes, we plan to discontinue the sale of electronic nicotine delivery products at all Walmart and Sam’s Club US locations,” said Walmart. “We will complete our exit after selling through current inventory.”
Nationwide flavour ban
Last month, the Trump Administration announced plans to implement a nationwide ban on flavoured e-liquids. “The Trump Administration is making it clear that we intend to clear the market of flavored e-cigarettes to reverse the deeply concerning epidemic of youth e-cigarette use that is impacting children, families, schools and communities,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.
While this imminent nationwide flavour ban is expected to be announced in the coming days, a number of US States have already implemented such bans.
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