For the last 10 months, convenience store e-cigarette sales have been slumping. According to Nielsen data, e-cigarettes sales are down 3.5 percent for the four-week period ending Dec. 25. The sector, mostly consisting of convenience stores since Nielsen doesn’t track vape shop sales, has been failing since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implemented its latest round of heightened regulations on the products on Feb. 6.
Overall e-cigarette sales-volume growth has declined steadily since Nielsen’s Aug. 10, 2019, report, when it was up 60.2 percent year over year, according to a story in the Winston-Salem Journal. The latest FDA restrictions on the sector debuted Feb. 6. Those restrictions foremost required manufacturers of cartridge-based e-cigarettes to stop making, distributing and selling “unauthorized flavorings” by Feb. 6, or risk enforcement actions.