Electronic cigarettes are definitely picking up steam regarding their popularity. And pretty soon they may come to one of the biggest retailers in the country. The electronic cigarette is said to be coming to Wal-Mart pretty soon. However, it is not going to be in the electronics section.
The electronic cigarette came out in the mid-2000s, it is shaped like a regular cigarette, and it features a mini vaporizer. It has a rechargeable battery, and a sensor that alerts a user when to take a puff. The goal is to imitate the taste and feel of a traditional cigarette.
The majority of electronic cigarettes and related products are manufactured overseas in places like China. They are then imported to the United States. The retailer Wal-Mart is the largest importer of Chinese goods, so for them it would be quite simple to add the electronic cigarette to their product line.
Should Wal-Mart decide to sell electronic cigarettes, they will be placed behind the counter. Only people who are over the age of 18 and able to show verification of this will be allowed access to the product. Currently there is no set date for when the products are to be sold in Wal-Mart.
Also, the deal may never actually happen. Electronic cigarettes are currently under attack by many different government organizations. If the electronic cigarette is banned, then it is going to be awfully difficult to offer it at all, even for a powerful retailer such as Wal-Mart.
The thing is, most people do serious shopping at Wal-Mart and making the electronic cigarette available there would definitely be convenient for a lot of people.
Those who are curious about the product, have not yet used the product, or who want to switch to a healthier alternative may be more encouraged to do so if they can get easy access. Currently, getting the electronic cigarette is not easy.
In most cases it has to be done online, and not everyone feels comfortable going that way. If the electronic cigarette were offered by a retailer such as Wal-Mart, more people would definitely be willing to give it a try.
The problem is this will create far too much competition for the large tobacco companies. I would imagine there would be a lot of opposition and the heat would be so strong that eventually Wal-Mart back down.