Vapors now use more traditional cigarettes than e-cigarettes, according to the data provided by tobacco company Altria. This situation may be caused by the new policy and regulation of e-cigarettes. Such as the ban of vape devices or e-cigarette with flavor. E-cigarettes may be more difficult to access than before. Some people can still buy it, but it is illegal.
In New York state, a new policy bans the sale of all e-cigarette products that went into effect a few weeks ago. Mike Kruger, one of the owners of e-cigarette retail shops said,
“You can walk in to any gas station in New York State and you can get yourself a pack of Newport’ s Campbell’ s Marlboro’s, but you can’ t get your favorite vape flavor today.”
It was also because of negative news about vaping, said by Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. last Thursday.
Billy Gifford, CEO of Altria Group Inc., told investors on its first-quarter earnings conference call:
“Over the last several months, we’ve observed an increase in the number of age 50 and older smokers in the cigarette category… We believe these smokers had previously switched to e-vapor products, but recently returned to cigarettes due to negative publicity and regulatory and legislative developments in the e-vapor category.”
There is an argument that e-cigarette or vaping products will cause lung damage as traditional tobacco smoking. Also, various flavors of e-cigarette will be one of the factors that attract youth to smoke. These are two common beliefs for people who against e-cigarettes.
Furthermore, after the outbreak of coronavirus, analysis from public health agencies found EVALI (which refers to lung injuries associated with e-cigarettes or vaping products) was caused by illegal or counterfeit THC products and not nicotine-based e-cigarettes.
According to the illustration from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
“The latest national and state findings suggest products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources (e.g. friends, family members, illicit dealers), are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak.”
Therefore, due to the regulation on e-cigarette and negative arguments about it, some vapors turn back to tobacco smoke like the old day.
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