According to foreign reports, electronic cigarettes and electronic atomization products are facing various adverse factors, from regulatory challenges to competition from nicotine substitutes to development interruption caused by covid-19. Covid-19 makes some e-cigarette users return to combustible tobacco products.
Nevertheless, the demand for electronic cigarettes and electronic atomization products is still growing.
Convenience store sales of e-cigarettes rose 6.8% in the 52 weeks ended Aug. 9, up 15.6% over the same period, with an average price drop of $1.13, according to IRI.
But the heat of regulation is on the rise. Recently, California governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate bill 793 on August 28, a kind of flavored electronic cigarette ban. Chicago passed a ban on flavoring on Sept. 9 and supported an initiative in Illinois, where they said last year they plan to try again in 2021.
Municipal and state bans are nothing new to e-cigarette manufacturers and retailers, and these local restrictions will continue to plague more convenience operators until federal guidelines in the form of policy and / or legislation set standards for all jurisdictions.
A total of 55 stores located in the northwest state of LA & Martes have been blocked by the regulations of Mark & Martes in Northwest state.
‘we restricted the menthol ban in downtown Toledo, which was difficult for us,’ Lapierre said. I think it will follow the normal strategy, but I certainly hope there will be enough lawsuits to suppress it.
Greg Conley, President of the non-profit organization American electronic cigarette Association, said more bans were coming.
Conley warned that there could be tax increases on votes in Colorado and Oregon. We will see many states try to increase tobacco taxes at least this year because of covid.
Conley added that a shortage of revenue may delay the state government’s attempts to ban the essence, because state legislators will focus on filling the government’s treasury. This sentiment may also persist into 2021.
The new crown epidemic has also raised concerns that consumers of e-cigarettes will return to traditional tobacco products, and there is evidence that this is spreading in convenience stores.
‘what we’re seeing in the news is that there’s a lot of people switching to fuel in other parts of the country,’ Lapierre said. I don’t think e-cigarette sales will necessarily decline.
His non nicotine products have been shown to compete with nicotine.
In terms of the ban imposed in California on January 1, 2021, Conley said retailers should not just look and not act.
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times on September 1, the California fair alliance filed a document on August 31 to begin listing the ban on ballot papers. If the organization collects the nearly 625000 valid signatures it needs, it will ban the tobacco ban until voters vote, possibly until 2022.
Although this may be good news for convenience store operators and other retail outlets that retail e-cigarettes, the impact of municipal regulations is endless.
As a result, Californians still have two years to taste a variety of flavors, Conley said. But the bad news is that maybe 30% of them are now living under the ban.