Smoking rates are falling in 2015 and it’s largely thanks to the growing electronic cigarette industry. While cigarette addicts can choose from a wide range of smoking cessation devices, recent reports show that ecigs are leading the pack by a large margin. In fact, the ecig industry is worth $3.5 billion in 2015, which is more than double the sales just two years ago. Financial analyst Bonnie Herzog from Wells Fargo said she only expects ecig sales to continue climbing in 2016.
Vaping first appeared in the United States in 2004, but it wasn’t until the past few years that it really took off and became a booming subculture. Now vaping is almost mainstream and lawmakers and regulators are struggling to know whether to embrace ecigs as a saving grace for smokers or outlaw them as another risk. For thousands of former smokers, ecigarettes represent freedom from tobacco addiction.
According to NewsWatch, ecigarettes are outselling all the other forms of smoking cessation. Nicotine patches, gums, and even prescription drugs just can’t come close to comparing with ecigs in terms of sales numbers. Smokers say that ecigs simply work better than other alternatives. Alexandria Kapitanskaya from Washington DC said ecigs were the only thing that she found that could help her break her smoking addiction. “I managed to get rid of my nicotine habit through vaping,” she said. “I used to consume half pack per day. But now, vaping only serves as my hobby.”
Since Alexandria first tried an ecig, she has not only quit smoking, but she has also managed to save a lot of money. “It offers me great savings. In fact, I only spend about $15 a month for vaping,” she said.
There are thousands of similar stories from smokers who discovered ecigarettes were a workable alternative. Greg Conley, the President of the American Vaping Association, has seen firsthand how vaping can be a life saving alternative. Interestingly, most vapers are initially unsure how to feel about ecigs. “(The) majority of people who tried using e-cigarettes did this out of curiosity and this applies for both smokers and non-smokers,” Conley said. “Consumer awareness is encouraged in every vaping product plus vaping technology has been innovated over the years.”
As ecigarettes have evolved into bigger and better devices, smokers are switching in record numbers. Even small towns are starting to see ecig shops pop up on street corners as former smokers find freedom and want to share the same opportunity with other smokers.
Ultimately, the numbers make it clear that ecigs are here to stay. Do you expect ecigs to be publicly embraced a smoking cessation tool in the future?