The ecig industry is booming and now a new Reuters poll is giving us a better look at the recent growth. According to the survey, 10 percent of Americans now use electronic cigarettes, a massive spike from 2.6 percent of vapers in 2013. So why are people suddenly flocking to ecigs? What is motivating smokers to suddenly make the switch?
A whopping 70 percent of vapers said they began using ecigs in the past year. Around 75 percent are still using tobacco cigarettes too, but 80 percent believe that vaping is a good choice to help them quit smoking for good. Around half of the ecig users said they decided to try vaping after family and friends encouraged them to try it. Another 40 percent said they chose to try ecigs because they are cheaper than cigarettes and could be used indoors.
Emily Deppe, 37, said she started vaping because she wants to be tobacco-free before gets pregnant. So far, she is pleased with her ecig because it satisfies her craving for a cigarette, eliminates tobacco and tar, and she doesn’t smell like smoke all the time.
Mike Morgan, 48, also chose ecigs as a way to quit smoking. He smoked a pack a day for years, but when his mom died from cancer, it was a wake up call. He decided to switch to vaping instead. “You don’t get the great big burst of nicotine you get with a cigarette, but at this point, it satisfies my craving,” he said.
Seth Hunt, 45, said his doctor urged him to quit smoking so he chose ecigs as a smoking cessation tool. Now that he is vaping only, he feels better and has already seen the changes in his health.
These are just a few of the thousands of stories that are coming out of the vaping community. According to Wells Fargo’s Bonnie Herzog, the ecig industry will likely hit $3.5 billion by the end of the year, with a billion dollar increase just since 2014. She believes smokers are turning to ecigs in droves because they see them as a better, safer alternative.
Why did you choose to start vaping? Have you noticed an increase in the number of people using ecigs in your city?