Kinney Drugs, which has stores in Cambridge, Morristown and Waterbury, stopped selling electronic cigarettes or vaping products in its Vermont retail stores effective July 1, and will do the same in its New York stores effective Aug. 1.

“This decision is in response to alarming statistics demonstrating that these products are increasingly being used by teens and children,” the company said in an announcement.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use among children grew nearly 38 percent from 2017 to 2018, driven largely by a surge in e-cigarette use, which increased 78 percent among high school students and 48 percent among middle school-aged children.

“We would like to thank Kinney Drugs for taking this important step,” said Joel Richards, executive director of the American Heart Association in central New England. “Actions like this can help prevent our children from starting a deadly habit.”

To help people quit smoking, Kinney Drugs carries a broad line of smoking cessation products, and its pharmacists will continue to assist patients looking to quit tobacco. In addition, Kinney Drugs will continue to partner with the American Heart Association to educate patients on the connections between tobacco use and high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.

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