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Walmart halts tobacco sales in some US stores

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March 28, 2022

(Reuters) – Walmart Inc will stop selling tobacco products in some of its more than 5,000 stores in the United States, the world’s largest retailer said on Monday.

The company didn’t say how many stores would be affected by the move, but said it wouldn’t exit the category entirely.

Markets where cigarettes will be removed from stores include California, Florida and New Mexico, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news.

Walmart adopted a design with more self-service checkouts and other items like takeout or candy near the front of stores instead of Marlboro, Newport and other tobacco products, the Journal reported.

CVS became the first US drugstore chain to take cigarettes off the shelves in 2014, while a few years later Walmart halted sales of e-cigarettes and electronic nicotine delivery products in its US stores due to increasing regulatory complexity and uncertainty.

Several US Democratic senators have called on Walmart and several other retailers to stop selling all tobacco products.

(Reporting by Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni and Krishna Chandra Eluri)

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