Alibaba to stop sales of e-cigarette components in the US

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Reuters
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Wed, 2019-10-09 04:28

OCTOBER: Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba said on Wednesday it
will stop selling e-cigarette components in the United States, amid
growing regulatory scrutiny and reports of lung disease and some
deaths linked to vaping.
The move follows announcements by Kroger Co. and Walgreens Boots
Alliance Inc. this week that they would stop selling e-cigarettes
at their stores, in line with a similar decision by Walmart.
Alibaba said it already had a long-standing policy in place to not
sell complete e-cigarette products in the United States.
Vaping products have been linked to a mysterious lung illness that
is reported to have led to 18 deaths as of last week, with the
number of confirmed and probable cases of the condition exceeding
1,000, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said that listings for products such as
box mods, vape pens, herbal vapors, heat not burn devices, and
empty pod cartridges would not be displayed for users located in
the United States.
While Juul Labs Inc. dominates the North American market for pod
e-cigarettes, many reports of death and injury in the United States
have been tied to makeshift brands with no identifiable owner.
The most prominent, Dank Vapes, was linked to 24 patients with lung
illness, according to a study from the New England Journal of
Medicine. The products contained THC, the psychoactive ingredient
in marijuana.
Prior to the suspension, buyers could easily purchase devices,
component parts and packaging from sites like Alibaba or Amazon to
make their own counterfeit vaping devices.
Amazon.com Inc. took down vape paraphernalia in September, although
it did not specify the exact products it removed.

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Alibaba to stop sales of e-cigarette components in the US