In late 2019 China announced the findings of the Coronavirus and by mid February of 2020 the very first case of the Coronavirus was confirmed in the United States. Within the following weeks the world would seem to come to a complete halt. The Coronavirus Pandemic that has thus far affected over two million people just in the United States with confirmed cases alone has caused so much of the world to not only shut down completely, but has also caused the United States to go into a form of recession. This seemingly caused a shortage on some of the most essential items you can think of and yet in the wake of it all the Vape and Cigarette industry seemed to have not been significantly affected by the Coronavirus. Convenient, liqour, and grocery stores were considered essential, therefore cigarette and Vaping products were available and able to continue to be purchased.
In the beginning of the pandemic there was an increase of sales on nicotine products due to stockpiling. People were in fear of a possible shortage but stores continued to remain stocked and had no shortage even with the hoarding of cartons and packs of cigarettes throughout the United States. While the cigarette sales have continued to increase during the stay at home order, there seems to be little to no difference in the sales of vaping products according to vapingpost.com. It is noted that cigarette sales have always seemed to increase during stressful times in America alone.
Sales around the world
While vaping is a fairly new concept, the lack of difference in sales is most likely due to the fact that vape pens are used more often by nicotine and tobacco users as an alternative while out in the community where cigarettes are not allowed. According to the British American Tobacco Corporation, which is the world’s second leading tobacco company, they saw little to no change in sales during the pandemic. In other places around the world such as South Africa, there was a ban put on both vaping and cigarette products in the midst of the pandemic. This seemed to backfire and cause everyone to turn to the black market for their nicotine needs. With other products such as cigars, their sales seemed to continue on an upward spiral with around a seven percent increase.
People around the world affected by the coronavirus pandemic undoubtedly continue to undergo high levels of stress and anxiety due to the unknown, isolation, lack of child care, unemployment issues, and so much more which causes cigarette and vaping users to use more frequently. The pandemic has caused many strains on the economy but it is apparent that even with the downward spiral of so many other industries suffering during this time, people continue to use cigarettes and vaping products against the advice of health officials. Health officials have stated that the Coronavirus does attack the respiratory system and while there is no direct link to smoking or having a greater risk of contracting the virus, smokers may be more vulnerable to contracting the coronavirus simply based on the fact that they use their fingers that come in contact more with their mouths more which in return could potentially give them more opportunities to spread the virus through touch.
With the slow return to everyday life after the pandemic, places that allow tobacco usage such as cigar bars may see an increase of sales due to the closure while the pandemic was occurring. And with outdoor seating restaurants there may also be an increase in tobacco sales for leisure activities as well. There are currently around thirteen percent of the United States adults that are tobacco users. This amount has fluctuated approximately two percent during the pandemic. While it is undoubtedly accurate that such an event affects everyone differently, it seems that there has been no increase in smokers or vape pen users during this time.