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Major U.S. retailers Kroger, Walgreens stop sales of e-cigarettes

In this Wednesday, May 14, 2014 photo, customers walk toward an entrance to a Walgreens store location, in Boston. .
In this Wednesday, May 14, 2014 photo, customers walk toward an entrance to a Walgreens store location, in Boston. . (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Two major retailers say they will no longer sell e-cigarettes in the U.S. amid mounting health questions surrounding vaping.

Supermarket chain Kroger and drugstore chain Walgreens announced Monday they would discontinue sales of e-cigarettes at their stores nationwide, citing an uncertain regulatory environment.

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Walmart announced last month that it would stop selling e-cigarettes at its stores nationwide.

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Kroger said it would stop selling e-cigarettes as soon as its current inventory runs out at its more than 2,700 stores and 1,500 fuel centres. The Cincinnati-based company operates Ralphs, Harris Teeter and other stores.

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Walgreens, based in Deerfield, Illinois, operates more than 9,500 stores in the U.S.