No more e-cigs, vape products at AAFES stores beginning Monday

Julia LeDoux
September 24, 2019 - 3:51 pm
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You won’t be able to find e-cigarettes and vaping products at Army and Air Force Exchanges beginning Sept. 30.

The move is being prompted by safety concerns, according to Chris Ward, AAFES senior public affairs manager.

On Sept. 12, soldiers were cautioned by the Army Public Health Center to stay away from vaping products after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the practice could be tied to a number of cases of severe lung disease across the country and at least six deaths.

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"Until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments to collect information on e-cigarette and vape products is complete, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is removing these products from its assortment, effective close of business Sept. 30," Ward said.

AAFES began selling vaping products in 2012. Last year, sales of the products totaled $1.8 million. That figure represents about ½ of one percent of AAFES total tobacco sales, according to Ward.

Civilian retailers such as Walmart have also announced plans to stop selling the products.

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