SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Walmart is announcing that it will stop selling E-cigarettes.
417 vapor’s Martin Hedgecoke says he understands why they did this, but he wants to clarify that it’s not nicotine vapes causing the problem.
“Majority if not all of these cases with people getting sick or even dying, about eight cases now, have been contributed to illicit, tampered with THC Cartridges,” Hedgecoke said.
Those cartridges contain dangerous chemicals and Hedgecoke says it can harden the air sacks in your lungs.
Hedgecoke says his shop’s vape liquids have two trustworthy ingredients.
“Propylene glycol, Vegetable Glycerine. Both of those ingredients are used in countless consumer products,” Hedgecoke said. “Toothpaste, mouthwash, it’s in foods.”
According to Dr. Sadaf Sohrab with Mercy Hospital, These organic chemicals shouldn’t be inhaled.
“If you eat it, it’s great, but it should not be in your lungs” Sohrab said. “I think the only thing that should be in your lungs is fresh air.”
Doctors are trying to learn more about what’s in vape devices.
“We’re not exactly sure which part of the chemical is causing all these illnesses,” Sohrab said. “There are some studies ongoing by the CDC, they’re doing an investigation right now, to see which chemical it might be.”
Hedgecoke calls vapes a harm-reduction product and suggests that non-smokers don’t start vaping.