H-E-B takes cue from Walmart, pulls e-cigarettes from stores
A week after Walmart announced it would no longer sell e-cigarettes, Texas' largest retailer announced that it, too, would not sell vaping products.
The San Antonio-based H-E-B quietly withdrew e-cigarettes from stores last week, according to a statement obtained by KEYE. More than 8 deaths have been attributed to e-cigarettes, and six people in Travis County have illnesses linked to vaping.
"At H-E-B, the safety of our communities and the well-being of all Texans is our top priority," H-E-B said in a statement. "Due to the unknown health implications of vaping, H-E-B immediately discontinued the sale of e-cigarettes last week."
Although more than 480,000 people die a year because of tobacco-related deaths, both H-E-B and Walmart continue to carry traditional cigarettes and chewing tobacco.
CVS remains the only national retailer to have stopped carrying tobacco products, and studies have shown that CVS' decision to stop selling cigarettes and chewing tobacco led to an overall decline in tobacco purchases.