Get the app today! App Store Play Store

Ban On Flavoured Vapes Could Lead To Loss Of 150,000 Jobs: Report

Published on Nov 26 2019 6:50 AM in A-Brands tagged: Trending Posts / Flavoured Vapes

Ban On Flavoured Vapes Could Lead To Loss Of 150,000 Jobs: Report

A potential US ban on e-cigarette flavours could result in a loss of more than 150,000 jobs and a direct sales hit of $8.4 billion (€7.63 billion), according to a report released by a vaping industry trade group.

Two months ago president Donald Trump's administration announced a sweeping plan to ban all e-cigarette and vaping flavours except tobacco, but a final decision has not been made.

Proponents of the ban have pointed to a dramatic rise in youths vaping, drawn by sweet flavours, and a surge in serious vaping-related illnesses.

More than 27.5% of American high school students use e-cigarettes, up from 20.7% in 2018, according to a survey by the centres for disease control and prevention.

Impact On Jobs

E-cigarette companies have, however, opposed the ban, saying their products are not for children and that it would hit several jobs the industry has created.

If a ban on flavoured vapes goes through, the majority of 13,480 independent vapour shops in the country would have to close, said the report by economist John Dunham & Associates, which was prepared for Vapor Technology Association (VTA).

Nearly 92% of vaping flavours in the independent distribution chain are those other than tobacco, said the report, adding the ban could also cost $22.4 billion (€20.3 billion) in lost economic activity.

The VTA, with over a thousand members, represents e-cigarette makers, as well as retailers and distributors.

News by Reuters, edited by Checkout. Click subscribe to sign up for the Checkout print edition.

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email