AUSTIN, Texas - H-E-B will no longer be selling electronic cigarettes in stores.
The company said Monday that e-cigarettes were pulled from all stores last week.
"At H-E-B, the safety of our communities and the well-being of all Texans is our top priority. Due to the unknown health implications of vaping, H-E-B will immediately discontinue the sale of e-cigarettes,"
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 805 lung injury cases linked to vaping or e-cigarette use were reported from 46 states and one US territory. Twelve deaths have been confirmed in ten states. Data on 771 of the cases shows nearly two-thirds of patients are ages 18-34, with 22 percent between 18-21. Sixteen percent are under 18.
Austin Public Health reports they have found six cases of lung illness confirmed to be related to vaping in Travis County. In all of those confirmed cases, the victims have been hospitalized.