A New Reality For E-Cigs & Vape in USA

In a way, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ban on flavored e-cigarettes and vaping ended in a compromise. As of Feb. 6, convenience stores and other retailers can no longer carry or display cartridge-based e-cigarettes or vaping pods in flavors other than menthol and tobacco.

“Our wholesale supplier along with our individual brand representatives were very helpful in managing product inventory levels throughout the entire dialogue,” said Lisa Dell Alba, president and CEO of Bethlehem, Pa.-based Square One Markets Inc., which operates more than 10 c-stores in Pennsylvania. “We were able to keep product available until the deadline, allowing our eligible customers to purchase what they needed.” 

Disposables Vs. ENDS

However, the FDA is allowing the continued sale of flavored disposable e-cigarettes that are completely self-contained as well as flavored e-liquids used in open vaping systems. According to The Wall Street Journal, disposables account for an estimated 3% of sales for all electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). Examples include blu, STIG, Puff Bar and NJOY, which has voluntarily halted the distribution of fruit flavors.

“While we would have preferred there be no new flavor restrictions, in the end, we not only managed to protect open systems, but opened a vital dialogue with Health & Human Services officials about streamlining the FDA’s pre-market review process,” said Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association.

ENDS producers have until May 12 to submit a pre-market tobacco application to seek FDA approval for future sales. 

In theory, if flavored cartridge- or pod-based ENDS gain approval, they could return to c-store shelves, though that’s yet to be determined, and decisions could be more than a year out.

Another FDA concession was to abandon its earlier proposal of regulating ENDS to 21-only locations, or mandating c-stores create 21-only areas. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) lobbied against this provision, claiming it favored certain retailer classes over others.

“It would appear that the FDA heeded our concerns regarding a level playing field among retailers and adjusted their final guidance policy accordingly,” said Lyle Beckwith, NACS senior vice president of government relations.

Like other tobacco products, though, ENDS still face resistance from lawmakers. 

“At the state level, we are likely to see flavor ban bills introduced in at least 25 states with Democrats attempting to paint the Trump Administration’s final policy as a gift to the e-cigarette industry,” said Conley.

Indeed, last month Maryland’s comptroller announced a state ban on disposable e-cigarettes.

 Perhaps the best news is that the category finished 2019 with impressive totals: more than 70% in dollar sales growth and nearly a 60% jump in unit sales per IRI data.

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Update: The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, Feb. 28, passed H.R. 2339, a bill that would ban nationwide sales of all flavored tobacco and vaping products, with few exceptions, as well as outlaw any remote sales not done face-to-face, effectively doing away with online purchases of any kind. The House bill’s ban on flavors includes menthol and applies not only to vaping products, but to all tobacco products, including smokeless or chewing tobacco as well as cigars. So called “premium” cigars — defined by the bill as any item costing no less than $12.00 — are exempt from the ban.

U.S. e-cigarette recovery report during COVID 19

Vape sales growth slowed due to inventory restrictions and the outbreak of the US COVID pandemic in February due to China shutdown. According to Nielsen retail data, sales in the North American e-cigarette market increased by 3.3% year-on-year in March, sales fell 8.1% year-on-year, and prices fell 11%. Sales in the first quarter increased by 8.1% year-on-year, sales fell 6.0% year-on-year, and prices fell 13%. The overall sales performance reached the expectation. Although the overall industry growth has slowed, except for Juul, the industry growth is close to 40%, indicating that there is still great potential in industry demand, and addictive consumer products are relatively resistant to shocks.

The sales of JUUL are under pressure, and Vuse and NJOY are emerging. It can be seen that the sales volume of North American e-cigarette giant Juul continues to decline. Sales in the first quarter fell by about 17.8%, of which sales in March fell by 21.1%, the decline was slightly expanded, and the market share in March was 57.4%, compared with the previous one-year market share of 65.8%, down 8.4pct. Vuse and Njoy maintained a very strong growth momentum. Vuse sales in the first quarter were YOY + 72.8%, Njoy sales in the first quarter were YOY + 317%, and prices were relatively consistent. The Njoy portfolio price increased by 39.8% in the first quarter, maybe it is related to Njoy’s own adjustment of product structure (the sale of disposable fruit-flavored electronic cigarettes began in February this year).

Summary: The overseas epidemic has caused a certain delay in the growth of the industry, but Smoore’s major overseas customers (Vuse, Njoy) continue to maintain a growth rate far beyond the industry, and the demand for orders is full.

COVID 19 did not have a bad effect on US e-cigarette sales

Headset, a Seattle-based data analysis company, found that the four markets it tracks (California, Colorado, Nevada, and Washington) all experienced a decline in market share after the panic of lung injury last year. The downward trend stabilized from the end of September to the beginning of October last year.

However, since the outbreak of COVID-19, some companies that manufacture and sell e-cigarettes said that even if COVID-19 is a respiratory-related disease, it may cause a decline in sales, but consumers have not reduced e-cigarette purchase.

Akerna is a technology company headquartered in Denver that tracks data in the e-cigarette field. Akerna CEO Jessica Billingsley said, “At present we have not seen a significant decline.”

According to Billingsley, the company found that since August 2019, in terms of total sales, the market share of e-cigarette sales has increased from 31% to 34%.

She said, “Overall, since October 2019, sales have continued to grow slowly by two percentage points per month.” The outbreak of novel coronavirus has not had a significant impact on the market, even in the early days of the pandemic, the sales volume of vaping products still increased by more than 9%.

Platinum is a company based in San Diego that sells e-cigarette products in Michigan and Oklahoma. Faced with the recent outbreak of coronavirus, its co-founder George Sadler said that sales have increased in recent weeks, especially disposable electronic cigarette products.

Oregon flavor ban is gone for state revenue

Oregon lawmakers killed a proposal to ban flavored nicotine vape products.

This proposed bill intended to ban all types of vaping devices including disposable, refillable mod vapes and cartridge-based flavored pod system products.

In the November ballot, the lobbyist denoted that the state would lose $22.6 million tax revenue soon if the ban took effect, which is substantial and significant.

The lawmaker was astonished and calculated it again, which goes with the result of the lobbyist. So to ensure the vape tax revenue, not only the flavor ban died, but also a new statewide licensing system for vape shops selling flavored vapes is established. It means the lawmaker would protect the vape shops to make sure they make enough money for tax.

The newly amended bill is being passed soon.

Flavored vapes are back on the shelves in Washington

Flavored vapes are back on the shelves in Washington

February 7, 2020, flavored vape products are back on the shelves in Washington. Washington State lawmakers amended the ban on vaping this week. During the four-month period, it was banned, local vape shops were hurt financially. And now they are recovering soon.

According to Washington Post, Mr. Trump reversed course banning flavored vapes after conservative activists and industry representatives complained — and as political advisers warned him not to anger a passionate vaping community. The FDA revealed last month that it would continue to allow tobacco- and menthol-flavored pods to be sold. More concerning, whole classes of vaping products would be exempt. Vape shops could continue to sell e-liquids for refillable e-cigarettes in any flavor. Disposable e-cigarette manufacturers, too, would have wide latitude.

The emergency flavor ban will no longer be extended in 2020, despite the weeks-long gap between the end of the ban and the implementation of any potential legislation, flavored products are back on store shelves. Vape industry is ushering a new spring in USA.

Banning flavored e-liquids leads to kills

Banning flavored e-liquids leads to kills. It kills people who strive for a healthier life out of smoking and adult smokers who are keen on flavored vapes.

The following passages are part of the article from Westword:

“What the author finds very odd is, everyone in the government likes to forget the taxpayers, then take on the burden of all the health-care costs associated with smoking-related diseases. This is probably why the U.K. government is much more open to the idea that maybe killing their own citizens isn’t the best way to conduct itself as a government.

Since 2016 this industry has been regulated in production, and the companies that have prospered in this industry would never want their products to hurt the very consumers they make their living off. Most people working in this industry are former smokers and would never want to sell a product that would cause someone to get sick or use something that could be more dangerous than traditional cigarettes. Raise the age to purchase to 21, ban all flavored sales outside of licensed vape shops, stop online sales, but don’t kill an industry that’s just trying to help people become healthier and live better lives.

Overall, the author believes banning e-cigarettes or banning flavored e-liquids is one of the most dangerous things we could do, considering how deadly we know cigarettes are. If we still have a right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” please tell me how a flat ban on vaping or flavors is allowing me to have any of those rights.

We vape, we vote, and I know I’m far from alone on this issue.”

When the health-care costs are not on the shoulder of the government, the government’s prone to kill for extra profit, and it doesn’t care if you’re happy or not. If you’re a smoker and you care about your life, choose vape for better health.

Should the vape flavor ban take effect?

After cracking down illegal e-liquid with cannabis additive, the U.S. health officials on Tuesday reported no new deaths from the mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping after their last update on Jan. 16, keeping the total deaths at 60. It’s obvious that vaping is not the reason to cause the lung disease, and the flavor ban should be reconsidered.

80% of adolescents in the USA don’t use vape.

A recent report from Futurity says that most minors never use any tobacco and vaping devices at all. Besides, most youth who vape are also current or former smokers, which means that the flavor ban cannot stand with its intension for minors.

CBD & Cannabis thickening agent is the main culprit to cause EVALI lung disease.

Now more and more people found out that they are misled by irresponsible media and policymakers, and the real culprit is low quality & fake marijuana e-liquid. And the authority starts striking down illegal marijuana cartridge dealers & manufacturers. According to Marketwatch, marijuana vape cartridges were seized in illegal shops in Los Angeles contained potentially dangerous additives by California officials, including a thickening agent blamed for a national outbreak of deadly lung illnesses tied to vaping. And the nicotine e-liquid produced by famous brands never have this problem.

Vaping is more healthy than smoking

Vaping is better than smoking, and helps them to gain better health. According to Turnto10, Vape shop owners and customers took to the State House Wednesday to put pressure on legislators to do what they can to remove the ban on flavored vape sales. There are also a number of people who oppose the ban who said they actively use vape products. They said it saved them from long years of cigarette addictions. Now not only shop owners, but also vape shop customers are starting fighting for their appropriate right to vape.

Vape industry needs to survive and make a living.

Under the flavor ban, vape shop owners live a hard life and their legal rights are infringed. Those people provide something beneficial to the public but were treated unfairly. The authority should do what’s right after the truth of vaping is revealed by the scientific report on vaping and realistic of millions of true vapers. A dozen of vape shop owners said that ban means ‘bankruptcy across the board’ if not overturned. Now it’s time to save them from hell. Every happy home makes a happy & strong country.

Conclusion

The vape flavor ban shouldn’t take effect. Vape than smoke.

U.S. media malfeasance and political speculation caused vaping panic

The vaping “epidemic” is actually a typical moral panic. The media ignores the evidence reports in a sensational way. In addition, politicians opportunistically make the electronic cigarette panic even worse.

The data shows that the legal nicotine e-cigarettes are irrelevant to the successive vaping-related diseases last year. At the same time, the overall rate of cigarette smoking among adolescents has also dropped significantly from 28.8% in 1976 to 3.6% in 2018. A great victory in the field of public health.

A reasonable discussion of e-cigarettes seems too late, as the full implementation of the e-cigarette ban has had a negative impact.

The e-cigarette panic is leading to a new “prohibition crisis.”

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Verdict

Don’t be scared off by those unreasonable points of view from the irresponsible media and policymakers.

Vaping is definitely better than smoking. Make the switch early for better health.

US government no longer advises to stop smoking e-cigarettes

However, according to the latest news from WSJ, with the identification of e-cigarette-related lung diseases, various parties’ attitudes towards e-cigarettes are undergoing some changes. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has abandoned a broad recommendation it has made in the past that in the context of e-cigarette-related outbreaks, anyone who uses any kind of e-cigarette should consider stopping e-cigarette use. Currently, the agency CDC is only advising consumers to avoid using e-cigarettes containing tetrahydrocannabinol, which is a relatively narrow warning.

In the past year, e-cigarettes have attracted public attention around the world. The main reason is that e-cigarettes have caused more than 2,000 lung diseases in the United States, causing more than 60 deaths. At one time, some governments began to restrict e-cigarettes, worrying about the serious impact on adolescent health.

On Friday, a new version of the warning was posted on the CDC’s website. Past warnings have been removed. The article denote that, while the e-cigarette disease investigation continues, the best way for people to ensure they are not at risk is to consider avoid using all electronic cigarettes or atomizing products.

Currently, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still warns young people and pregnant women against vaping. In addition, groups who have not been used to smoking e-cigarettes in the past should not smoke e-cigarettes.

Last fall, the agency warned Americans to “specially” avoid using e-cigarettes containing tetrahydrocannabinol, and investigators focused on a substance used as a tetrahydrocannabinol vapor additive, which is an explosive e-cigarette The culprit of related diseases.

On Thursday, Scott Gottlieb, the former director of the US Food and Drug Administration, suggested that the CDC should clarify its e-cigarette warning message that the warning is mainly for e-cigarettes containing tetrahydrocannabinol.

The former official said that a current public health risk is that adolescents using these illegal and dangerous tetrahydrocannabinol products may not know that the CDC warning is related to the tetrahydrocannabinol products they are using because of disease The control center did not use precise terminology to describe the tetrahydrocannabinol vapor more clearly.

US government no longer advises to stop smoking e-cigarettes

However, according to the latest warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the cannabis industry is not out of the woods. In fact, 82% of patients with e-cigarette lung disease report using products containing tetrahydrocannabinol, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration continue to advise people not to use e-cigarettes containing tetrahydrocannabinol.

It is worth mentioning that before, the US Food and Drug Administration has banned the sale of electronic cigarettes with various fruit flavors or flavors. In addition, the US government has also adjusted its policy, saying that it will not completely block the entire electronic cigarette industry.

After the United States began to strictly regulate e-cigarettes, some people in the industry believe that it should not be a one-size-fits-all approach to stifle the development or innovation space of e-cigarette-related companies.

Juul Labs Inc., the largest e-cigarette company in the United States, has been investigated or prosecuted by the U.S. judiciary and accused of misleading publicity to lure young people into smoking e-cigarettes. The company has also stopped selling e-cigarettes with various flavors.

CDC confirms Vitamin E acetate is the culprit of lung disease in 2500 people, not vapes

E-cigarettes are popular all over the world, at the same time, a series of lung disease cases have been triggered, among which more than 2500 e-cigarettes related lung disease patients have appeared in the United States. According to the latest news from the major media, the CDC recently identified the main cause of lung disease and even death cases caused by e-cigarettes.

According to the media reports, the health monitoring system established in the United States after the terrorist attacks in September 2001 was used to find out the cause of the lung injury related to electronic cigarettes that killed 54 Americans and sent more than 2500 people to hospitals.

Using the system, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a sharp rise in lung cases in June.

Anne Schucha, the CDC’s chief deputy director, said the sharp rise strongly points to one culprit: vitamin E acetate, an additive found in the vapors of e-cigarettes containing marijuana.

“This does not mean that no other chemical can or is causing lung injury,” schutzer said at a news conference However, based on additional data on vitamin E acetate found in lung samples damaged by vapors. She attributed most of the condition to this additive.

The CDC is still trying to understand the mechanism by which the substance damages lung tissue. It may interfere with natural fluids in the lungs called surfactants, which help to make the lung tissue elastic, and the by-product of this substance may be another toxic chemical.

Emergency room doctors in Wisconsin first noticed outbreaks of these lung injuries in June. They alerted state and federal health officials, and quickly began investigating the geographic extent of the disease, looking for possible causes.

Investigators focused on the vapors of e-cigarettes containing cannabis extract, especially those purchased online or on the street.

Further research has focused on vitamin E acetate, which is used in some preparations to dilute much more expensive tetrahydrocannabinol oil.

As part of this survey, it is important to know the time when the e-cigarette-related lung disease outbreak occured. U.S. health officials want to know when these e-cigarette-related lung diseases first appeared and whether they missed other cases before the initial report. That’s why they turn to surveillance data collected from more than 3200 emergency rooms in most states of the United States.

They found that since January 2017, the number of emergency room visits in the group who smoked e-cigarettes has gradually increased.

“These visits are not limited to lung damage, so people may also be affected by other health effects,” said Katherine Hartnett, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The researcher said people may also go to the emergency room because of nicotine poisoning, or because of tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

After narrowing the search to people under 35, researchers found a sharp rise in cases in June 2019 – at the same time, doctors in Wisconsin reported their first case.

The number of cases climbed from June to a peak in September. Since then, the number of cases has declined, but the CDC still counts about 100 cases a week, and the number of deaths continues to rise.

On December 20, the U.S. Food and drug administration also announced measures to combat illegal e-cigarettes. The agency seized 44 websites promoting e-cigarettes. The agency has developed an “e-cigarette killing operation” in response to a large number of lung cases caused by e-cigarettes in the United States.