Alibaba has become the latest retailer to stop selling e-cigarettes in the US market amid growing concerns over their safety.
Vape pens, box mods, herbal vaporisers, heat not burn cigarettes and empty pod cartridges will no longer be available to buy on Alibaba’s platform in the US, the Chinese ecommerce giant confirmed yesterday.
It follows the likes of Amazon, Kroger, Walmart and Walgreens Boots Alliance who have all pledged to stop selling e-cigarettes on their online platforms and in their stores.
Alibaba already enforced a policy of not selling complete e-cigarette products in the US, however many customers would build their own custom vape pens from parts available on both Alibaba and Amazon.
This comes after the emergence of a mysterious lung disease which has been linked to vaping, with more than 1000 confirmed cases and 18 deaths as of last week.
Both public and official scrutiny of the largely unregulated market has increased dramatically since the stories emerged, and numerous studies have been launched in an effort to determine the effects of vaping.
A recent study by leading researchers at New York University concluded that vaping is likely to be “very harmful”.
“It’s foreseeable that if you smoke e-cigarettes, all kinds of disease comes out” the studies lead researcher Moon-Shong Tang said in an interview.
“Long term, some cancer will come out, probably. E-cigarettes are bad news.”