American Electronic Cigarette Distributors have invested a great deal of personal wealth and time to bring electronic cigarettes to the American market. Starting in 2007 with only a few clients to now in 2013, there are now over 4 million Americans using the electronic cigarette to transition from traditional tobacco cigarettes. With a market size approaching $1billion, Chinese manufacturers of the "e-cig" are now choosing to circumvent American firms that built and invested in their businesses and buy space at American Trade shows to sell directly to the same firms American firms are marketing.
We, The Tobacco Vapor Electronic Association and signed electronic cigarette companies, are asking the entities that own and operate the trade shows, TPE, ASD NATO and NACS as examples, to not accept any Chinese manufacturer of electronic cigarettes as attendees of their shows by having booths or attending and soliciting show attendees by walking the floor.
It is disgusting to have to compete with our manufacturers after we have spent a great deal of time and money in negotiating with them in their country and then having to compete with them in the market here in the USA. At the International Vapor Expo in Chicago last week it seems like at 50% of the exhibitors were from Shenzhen, a number, that we have purchased from. I would think that they would understand the consequences of what they are doing but somehow they seem to not want to compete fairly with their main source of business.
I very much agree with this petition and support a ban.
Mark Leafstedt3 months ago
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