The past seven months have been heated with various big topics, from the Impeachment to lung injuries to now the Coronavirus.
The Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 has spread worldwide, and has ensured panic for millions of people. COVID-19 is causing a shortage of various goods, including vapor products. This is due to the shut down of manufacturers and refusal of shipping from all over the world, as well as restricting travel to certain countries.
COVID-19 will affect the vapor industry as well. Major vape companies such as SnowWolf, Smok, eLeaf, Aspire, Geekvape, Voopoo and more are located in Shenzhen, China. COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China, which is roughly 690 miles away. That's like driving from Pennsylvania to South Carolina!
The Chinese government has requested that their citizens work from home if possible in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Despite that, people are slowly returning to work.
What does this mean for us?
Vape shops and distributors are having extreme difficulty with stocking products, as most products come from Shenzhen. This means finding devices, tanks, and coils will be hard to get until more of the citizens in China return to work and are allowed to ship products from Shenzhen to distributors.
As someone who works in a shop, I apologize. We knew that COVID-19 was going to cause issues with receiving product. We attempted to stock up on products to ensure nothing runs out. We are running out of product though. We work to ensure you are able to stay away from traditional tobacco products by switching to a 95% less harmful product, but unfortunately, COVID-19 is out of control and out of our hands.
Over the next few weeks, consider purchasing a rebuildable atomizer product with pre-built coils. There are plenty of videos on Youtube and more posts about how to build coils, wick coils and use a rebuildable atomizer. Try to stock up on coils and devices, in case this takes longer than expected to receive products.
Alongside COVID-19, please ensure that you are limiting travel, washing your hands, and being cautious when in a large crowd. Do not share your vapor products with others. Clean your drip tip frequently with soap and hot water. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, shortness of breath, cough), please call your healthcare provider before going into an office or emergency department. If it is after-hours, please call your local emergency department prior to arrival to ensure an isolated space.
Take care of yourselves, stock up, and vape on!