E-Juice Manufacturers Filling Critical Supply Shortages Following Pandemic
The ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel SARS-CoV-2 strain of coronavirus, has already burdened the world health system and brought the global economy to a halt. Amid mass shortages of vital personal protective equipment, some local companies are stepping up to the plate to help fill a critical void for the greater good.
Throughout the world, companies that manufacture e-liquid are temporarily partially or fully converting their production lines to produce hand sanitizer. These companies are then donating a bulk of production to healthcare workers, food service employees, and those in need while offering the rest for sale to the public at a time where supplies are scarce.
The move represents a large push by various industries to help meet public health supply shortfalls following the outbreak. Various segments of the manufacturing sector have converted some or all of their production lines to helping produce essential equipment such as masks, gowns, and ventilators.
This pivot in production not only allows these companies to help fill a public service by meeting critical supply shortages but allows them to remain operational as well. During a time where vapor companies are forced to shutter amid declining sales led by regulatory crackdown and lockdown orders limiting sales, these companies are able to retain their staff and even hire in some instances.
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Amid the coronavirus crisis, various manufacturers are stepping up during an important time of need to help fill shortages of vital personal protective equipment. While some textile factories have taken to producing masks and gowns, various e-liquid manufacturers have taken to producing hand-sanitizer following shortages the world over.
“We heard about a local hospital chain that was literally struggling to supply their doctors and nurses with hand sanitizer,” said Annette Rogers, operator of Kai’s Virgin Vapor. “People in areas hit hard by the coronavirus aren’t able to find it.” As the company’s production facility already had mixing and bottling equipment, alongside a decade of experience in laboratory quality control, they were able to rapidly adapt and shift their focus to help meet a critical need.
These companies are not only providing a public service but have found a way to remain solvent and retain their staff during a time of heightened economic uncertainty. “Most of the employees you see are employees we already had at the lab and/or people who were laid off from their jobs that we brought on here to help us during this crisis,” said Darrell Suriff, CEO of the American Vapor Company.
While donating a majority of their production to healthcare workers and people in need, a portion of their products is available for sale to the general public to help meet demand in the private sector as well. These companies are working with local couriers in cities hardest hit by the pandemic to help get these critical supplies to those most in need, such as essential workers and other vulnerable groups.
Being both an effective cessation aid and reduced harm alternative to tobacco, vaping may be our greatest asset in combating the deadly worldwide smoking epidemic. Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that vaping was more effective than traditional nicotine-replacement therapies is not only helping people quit smoking, but remain tobacco-free.
Vaping is already responsible for saving thousands, and potentially millions, of lives throughout the world each year. A study from University College London found that vaping was responsible for helping up to 70,000 British smokers quit in a single year alone.
Vaping has also been demonstrated as a safer, reduced harm alternative to tobacco. Research commissioned by Public Health England and carried out by the UK Royal College of Physicians found that vaping is 95% safer than smoking.
Not only is vaping an effective smoking cessation aid and proven reduced harm alternative to tobacco, but there has been no evidence of long-term risk to users of vapor products as well. Research published by the National Academy of Sciences found that vaping is not only less harmful than smoking but that there are no known long-term health effects associated with prolonged usage.
This is a time for members of the vaping industry and community to highlight the benevolence of these small companies, as well as the good they’re doing for their respective communities and the larger global community as a whole. During a time of regulatory crackdown and scrutiny by the media, any good press is a step in the right direction to help shift the public perception surrounding vaping.
This shift by the industry is performing an essential public service during a pivotal time of need, not just for the United States, but the world over. This also helps to shine some positive light on an industry often maligned by the press with malicious misinformation, finally bringing some balance to their bias.
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