The European Vape Alliance (EVA) President Dustin Dahlmann on Thursday (April 23) sent a letter to the Electronic Cigarette Industry Committee (ECIC), China Electronics Chamber of Commerce (CECC), to express his gratitude for being invited to the International Electronic Cigarette Industry Summit Forum, which was held in China’s boomtown Shenzhen on December 18, 2019.
Xie Jianfeng, Dahlmann’s representative in China, handed the letter to the ECIC.
Dahlmann started his letter by saying that “We’d like to take the opportunity to thank you and your distinguished colleagues for inviting us to the International Electronic Cigarette Industry Summit Forum. It was a great honour for us to present at such a big and well conduct event.”
Dahlmann recognized China’s efforts to fight against the novel coronavirus, a deadly virus first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan and has killed at least 244,000 people and infected more than 3.44 million worldwide.
“Also we are deeply impressed how determined China managed the Corona situation,” reads the letter.
Dahlmann then said that the electronic cigarette industry now faces a “challenging” time, and vowed to work on “adequate regulation” for the products.
At the end of his letter, Dahlmann said: “Being sure that 2020 will be an exciting and defying year for our industry,” adding that “Let’s stand unified for vaping.”
Once a helpful tool for smokers to quit cigarettes, electronics cigarettes are now banned by 27 countries including Australia, Argentina Brazil and some states of the United States over health concerns. Most European countries, including Germany, France and the United Kingdom, still allow the sales of electronics cigarettes.
China is the biggest exporter of electronics cigarettes in the world. Factories in Shenzhen make roughly 90% of global electronics cigarettes devices and 80% of the liquids used in them.