Vape Companies Producing, Donating Hand-Sanitizer During Outbreak
E-Liquid Manufacturers Are Helping The Country During Its Time Of Need
The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled the global healthcare system, placing the future of public health in jeopardy. This has not only led to a shortage of vital equipment such as ventilators and beds but basics such as surgical masks and even hand-sanitizer.
Thankfully, during this time of crisis, many manufacturers are stepping up to produce vital life-saving equipment amid shortages across the globe. Just as many textile manufacturers have pivoted to producing masks following shortages, e-liquid manufacturers have begun producing hand-sanitizer to help fill a critical void as well.
These companies are helping to fill gaps in both the public and healthcare sectors for essential supplies following the coronavirus outbreak. While they are producing bottles for sale to the public, a majority of companies are donating a sizable portion of their production to healthcare workers on the frontlines.
This shift represents hope not only for the public but for a struggling industry. This shift also permits these companies to remain solvent, allowing them to continue functioning and paying their employees.
Throughout the world, e-liquid manufacturers have pivoted from producing vape-juice to hand-sanitizer during the evolving coronavirus crisis. While some companies are acting purely out of a sense of duty, some have no choice but to pivot their focus amid an economic crisis.
“Right now, we aren’t doing any e-liquids,” said Justin Suriff of the American Vapor Company. “We feel like this is most important and most vape shops are closed right now anyway, so they’re not selling much e-liquid.” Suriff has stated the move was necessary to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, as well as keeping their staff employed.
The shift is not only benefiting the larger public but helping people maintain economic stability during a time of pure uncertainty. In some instances, companies are able to bring back previously laid-off staff or even hire new ones. “We have since brought back some of the jobs in New York to our fulfillment center,” said Vape Shop Owner Ken Gregory.
While facing increased shipping costs and supply chain shortages, these companies are finding ways to adapt to the production pitfalls of their new products. “I expect we’re going to be doing this as long as we can manage the supply chain to continue, which will be the goal as long as society needs it,” said Mr. Suriff. This pivot may be a sign of life for an industry that has been economically devastated by unwarranted regulatory and media scrutiny based on debunked misinformation.
As mentioned above, fear-mongering misinformation was ultimately responsible for creating a negative public perception surrounding vaping. This negative perception led to people incorrectly perceiving vaping to be just as bad, if not worse, than smoking, which is out of line with the current scientific consensus.
Despite the misinformation, vaping may be the greatest tool in helping people quit smoking, being both an effective cessation aid and reduced harm alternative to tobacco. Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that vaping was more effective than traditional nicotine-replacement therapies in helping smokers not only quit but remain tobacco-free.
Research indicates that as little as 3% of smokers are successfully able to quit without the use of a cessation aid. A study published in the British Medical Journal found that vaping was twice as effective in successfully aiding cessation than any other method tested.
Vaping is responsible for saving thousands, and potentially millions, of lives all over the world each year. According to a study from University College London, researchers found that vaping was responsible for helping up to 70,000 British smokers quit in a single year.
In addition to the benefits listed, 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 there are no known long-term health effects associated with prolonged use.
The industry shift toward sanitizer protection not only represents an opportunity to work toward the public good but an economic life-raft to a slowly drowning industry as well. These companies can remain operational and retain their staff while providing essential products for the public amidst this crisis.
People all over the world are actively stepping up and joining together to support their communities and the larger public during this time of crisis. Despite social distancing keeping us physically apart, there is an underlying sense of unity in this shared struggle we all face.
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