Alibaba Group (NYSE:BABA) says it will no longer engage in the sale of E-cigarettes components in the United States. It is not the first one to reach such a decision; other major companies preceded it. Some of these include Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) and Kroger (NYSE:KR).
Reasons for halting product sale
Alibaba’s decision to discontinue the sale of these products is similar to that of the other companies. The Chinese e-commerce firm says that regulatory bodies have lately been at its neck and had to do something about it. On the other hand, it seems to be succumbing to pressure from all sides to discontinue the sale of e-cigarettes.
Medical practitioners were the first to launch complains. They spoke about diseases like lung cancer caused by e-cigarettes. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was the first to unveil its report. The research body indicated that more than 100 persons had been struggling with acute conditions resulting from the consumption of vaping products. It doesn’t stop at diseases since the report indicates that about 18 people have lost their lives after consuming these products.
The turn of events
Lawyers have also been pushing the government to intervene in the matter to bring to a stop the deaths and illnesses. The government has promised to move with speed to solve the matter at hand.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has already figured out the way forward. The company’s spokesperson says that some of the company’s products will no longer be displayed. This implies that users living in the United States won’t be able to access them for consumption. The products in the listing include herbal vapors, heat not burn devices, box mods, vape pens, and the empty pod cartridges.
Lately, there has been a misconception among some uninformed persons that Juul Labs Inc is to blame for deaths and injuries. This is wrong. It is indeed true that the provider dominates the North American market for pod e-cigarettes. However, it is the makeshift brands whose owner remains unidentifiable, which have been causing the injuries and the associated deaths.
One of the product providers, known as Dank Vapes has been linked to 24 cases of patients struggling with lung-related illnesses. It was the New England Journal of Medicine that gave this report outlining the ingredients of the products. These products were majorly constituted by the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana called THC.