EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – Kroger has now become the latest Tri-State grocery store to announce it will stop selling electronic cigarettes.
In a statement released, Kroger says it will phase out its current stock of products across its family of retail brands.
Kroger officials say this is due to the mounting questions associated with e-cigs.
Doctors say the illnesses, which first appeared in March, resemble an inhalation injury. Symptoms include severe, shortness of breath, fatigue, and chest pain. Most who got sick said they vaped products containing THC, the marijuana ingredient that causes a high, but some said they vaped only nicotine.
More than a third of patients are under 21, but the deaths have been older adults.
The Food and Drug Administration is analyzing products from 18 states, but neither that agency nor the CDC has pinpointed an electronic cigarette, vaping device, liquid or ingredient as the root cause.
The investigation has increasingly focused on THC vaping products. But until a cause is found, the CDC continues to advise Americans to refrain from using any vaping products.
Alaska and New Hampshire are the only states that have not reported any illnesses.
Other retailers that have decided to stop selling e-cigarettes, include Walmart and Schnucks.
(This story was originally published on October 7, 2019)