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Electronic cigarette industry under novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic situation

2020/04/01|Industry news

The novel coronavirus pneumonia erupted at the end of 2019 seemed to have put a pause button on the whole world. China entered the novel coronavirus pneumonia area in March. The epidemic trend is ending. Many people begin to wear masks to enjoy the spring scenery. However, the epidemic curve outside China is constantly rising. The novel coronavirus pneumonia was declared a global pandemic in Geneva on March 11th.

Since the outbreak of the epidemic, it has had an important impact on many industries around the world, and the development of e-cigarette industry has also cast a shadow. At present, 90% of the world's steam electronic cigarette hardware is produced in China. Due to the impact of the blockade and isolation policy, many of China's electronic cigarette supply chain enterprises are unable to work normally, and workers are unable to return to work, resulting in a global shortage of electronic cigarette supply. The most intuitive feeling is that many people have run out of cigarettes, fuel, online or offline. Although all walks of life in China are actively carrying out the resumption of production, it will take some time to restore production capacity. Europe and the United States, as the main consumer market of electronic cigarettes in the world, bear the brunt of the epidemic.

EVALI is novel coronavirus pneumonia?

In novel coronavirus, the novel coronavirus pneumonia was widely spread in such a time slot. The guests in the program concluded that the US was the origin of the new coronavirus. It is believed that the lung injury (EVALI) caused by inhaling electronic cigarettes in the United States is the new crown pneumonia. Push the electronic cigarette to the top of the wave, is it true? Although the novel coronavirus pneumonia has some similarities with EVALI in the United States, there are essential differences between the two in terms of causes and treatment.

First, the results of etiology test are different. According to the data updated by CDC of the United States on February 20, 2020, tetrahydrocannabinol was detected in the alveolar lavage fluid of evali patients, and no other toxic substances were found. In the novel coronavirus pneumonia patients, novel coronavirus was detected in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. Second, one is non infectious and the other is infectious. Novel coronavirus pneumonia is a clear infectious disease, but it has caused serious impact on all walks of life. The electronic cigarette industry is no exception, since the outbreak of EVALI. So far, there is no evidence that EVALI is infectious.

Electronic cigarettes can be purchased online in the United States FDA suspends inspection of electronic cigarette stores

The United States once accounted for more than 50% of the global e-cigarette market, and is no longer the paradise of e-cigarettes. Although rzsmoke, the online sales website of electronic cigarettes in the United States, is still available for purchase, and convenience stores and gas stations, the main offline sales channels, are still available for business. However, the manufacturers and importers of electronic cigarettes in the United States have issued early warnings. The vast majority of electronic cigarette products, hardware and accessories are from China. With the reduction of existing inventory, importers expect coils and other electronic cigarette phases The shortage of hardware may even last until April.

In addition, the FDA has temporarily delayed inspections of all domestic routine monitoring facilities and most foreign inspections until April. According to Reuters, the U.S. health regulator said on March 19 that at the time of the rapid spread of the coronavirus, FDA Staff turned to telecommuting and stopped domestic compliance inspection and e-cigarette store inspection.

Italian and Spanish electronic cigarette stores continue to open

On March 11, Italian Prime Minister conti announced a complete suspension of all commercial activities, including bars and restaurants, with the exception of pharmacies, supermarkets, newsstands and tobacco shops. Initially, e-cigarette stores were included in the closure list, but now the ban has been lifted. To that end, the country needs to thank one person in particular, Dr. Riccardo polosa. He is a world-renowned scientist and researcher, dedicated to studying how to reduce the harm of e-cigarettes and tobacco products.

According to Dr. polosa, nearly one million people in Italy use e-cigarettes, and about 16 million use cigarettes. Under the condition of high anxiety and tension, people will use a lot of cigarettes when they are trapped at home, which will expose many people around them to the risk of second-hand smoke, especially infants. He called the anafe, Italy's most important group of e-cigarettes and e-cigarette oil producers, who have political ties with the government. Through the e-cigarette Association, he raised these questions and pointed out the fact that it was extremely unfair that smokers could not choose low-risk products. On March 13, the Italian Ministry of health and the prime minister clarified this and said that in addition to tobacco shops, e-cigarette shops can also continue to operate to meet the needs of e-cigarette users.

Similar to Italy, Spain's e-cigarette stores are also included in the necessary places of life and can continue to operate during the outbreak.

French e-cigarette store will close

At present, France has entered the third stage of epidemic prevention. According to Vapingpost, novel coronavirus pneumonia was announced by Edwar Philip Philippe Edouard in March 14th, closing all unnecessary shops and retaining restaurants, drugstores and tobacco companies. 3. E-cigarette stores are not on the list of businesses that are allowed to continue business, but they can still send orders by delivery or collection.

South Korea's e-cigarette growth against the trend

According to the actual sales statistics of convenience stores in South Korea, by the end of February, the market share of e-cigarettes in tobacco retail industry in South Korea had reached 13.1%. Tobacco industry officials

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