Walmart will be removing cigarettes from some stores in California, Florida, Arkansas, and New Mexico.
"As a result of our ongoing focus on the tobacco category, we have made the business decision to discontinue the sale of tobacco in select stores," a Walmart spokesperson told FOX Business.
The company emphasized that it is not halting all tobacco sales and that the number of impacted locations is relatively small.
These spaces will be replaced by self-checkouts and other grab-and-go items. Walmart is already prohibited from selling cigarettes in New York City, which has banned tobacco sales in pharmacies.
This is perhaps a part of the chain's efforts to expand into healthcare and wellness.
Walmart banned cigarette sales to any customers under the age of 21 and sales of e-cigarettes at all of its stores and Sam's Club locations in 2019.
Source: Business Insider
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