The reports of deaths and illnesses of e-cigarette users in the USA have apparently caused the sales of manufacturers in Germany to collapse: In the second half of 2019, sales declined by ten to twenty percent, the Federal Association of the Tobacco Industry and Novel Products (BVTE) ) on Wednesday with. Sales of tobacco cigarettes remained almost constant in 2019.
The association called the report on the incidents after the consumption of e-cigarettes in the USA "shortened": Consumers in the USA consumed e-cigarettes adulterated with THC oils, which were provided with vitamin E acetate. Both substances are banned in the EU for e-cigarettes. Before that, sales figures had been in double-digit growth for years.
The Federal Statistical Office released figures for the full year 2019 on Wednesday: According to this, 0.3 percent more cigarettes were taxed than in 2018. Since 1991, the amount of taxed cigarettes has almost halved. However, sales of all other tobacco products rose significantly in the same period.
You can find a detailed report on the possible dangers of e-cigarettes here.