2018: The Year Vaping Went Mainstream

Vaping has become a popular option for adults looking for an alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes,  leading to a boom in the US and global vaping markets.

It was another exciting and fast-paced year in the American vaping sector in 2018, a time when e-cigarettes really became an exponentially popular form of nicotine delivery and when both institutions and government agencies sat up and started to take notice. It seemed like so much happened during the 12 months that it was almost difficult to try to keep up. But fear not — the Electric Tobacconist USA blog team is here to remind you of what went down and keep you fully up to date with all the great vaping developments during the year.

And it comes at a time when our health authorities are doing all they can to try to arrest the biggest cause of preventable death in this country (and, indeed, right around the world): smoking. We now know that at least 16 million Americans are currently suffering from various diseases caused by smoking tobacco cigarettes, a shocking figure — and one that’s possibly on the decline with the increasing switch to vape kits and vape juice.

These diseases lead to an equally unacceptable loss of life, which amounts to more than 480,000 people every year in the US, and demonstrates the ability of deadly cigarette smoke to affect more than smokers, as over 41,000 of that annual death toll are people who were exposed to secondhand smoke and went on to develop a related, terminal disease. As we can see from examples in other countries, particularly the UK, e-cigarettes have been shown to dramatically roll back the number of smokers. Smokers get the nicotine they want but not the thousands of harmful chemicals found in burning tobacco.

Vaping: Definitely in Flavor

One of the attractions for many people to start vaping is the range of fruity and other flavors available in the vape juice that’s heated in e-cigarettes to create vapor. It’s a growing list, as vape manufacturers come up with new and exciting flavors to add to their e-liquid, and at Electric Tobacconist, we can say that among the most popular right now are the many fruity and other ones that adults love.

Not everyone, after all, likes the taste of tobacco, and that’s why so many vapers were alarmed when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced earlier this year that it was considering banning most flavors in e-liquid because it was worried that underage people were attracted to them and vaping. It’s a valid concern, as e-cigarettes are definitely not for teens, but taking away adults’ cherished e-liquid flavors is hardly the answer.

Thankfully, the FDA allowed vapers to make their opinions known and, in all, over half a million Americans who vape gave their views during an open-comment period online. We went through many of them to see what vapers were telling the powerful federal agency, and here’s a sampling:

‘Need Flavors’

Hi, I first started smoking cigarettes at the age of 16 and I steadily smoked cigarettes for the next 27 years. That was until I first was introduced to vaping at the age of 43 (I’m now 47 and cigarette-free), and instantly I knew it was the thing to finally get me off of cigarettes. I never used any tobacco juice. I did not want to taste those kinds of juices [because] I hated the taste of it, but I couldn’t stop smoking no matter what. I need flavors to stay smoke free, so I don’t have to go back to the deadly addiction of cigarettes. I’ve been vaping with delicious menthol flavors for the last 4 1/2 years. Please keep flavors around. Thank you. — Kathy Yeomans

‘Breathing Easier’

My name is Jacob Peddy and I smoked for 14 years and, thanks to the many different flavors of e-liquid, I have quit smoking. I no longer wake up coughing, I can breathe a whole lot better, my doctor says my lungs sound 100 times better. If you take flavors away from us vapers you’ll be killing us all again. — Jacob Peddy

‘Doing Better’

I am writing this in regards to [any] flavor ban on e-liquids. If it wasn’t for the different types of candy style flavors, I would still be smoking today. The fruity candy flavors are what helped me switch from smoking to vaping. It made it more enjoyable than smoking some nasty-tasting cigarette. I do not vape tobacco-flavor e-liquid, because I don’t like it. It reminds me too much of when I used to smoke and worries me that I will probably pick back up cigarettes if I vape tobacco flavor e-liquid. For my kids’ sake, I do not want to be a smoker again. I have been healthier and doing better since vaping and would like to keep it that way. — Zachary Pierce

‘Life-saver’

Vaping flavors has helped me get off cigs and helped me feel amazing. There was a point where I felt like coughing up a lung. Now I can say that I’ve successfully quit. Vaping has saved my life. — Hunter Crisp

‘Big Difference’

The choices of flavors and varieties of flavors are exactly what keeps me from smoking conventional cigarettes. I sure hope that these flavors won’t be restricted; it truly is making a difference. — Gary Coleman

‘Flavors Helped Me Quit’

I’ve smoked for about 20 years. I would try over and over again to quit. But nothing worked. I tried the patch and nicotine gum. Even pills. About 7 years ago, I tried vaping. I tried the tobacco flavors first. Let me tell you, it was not my cup of tea. I then tried a strawberry shortcake flavor. And it was actually a very nice flavor. And the more I vaped, I noticed I was smoking less and less cigarettes. I soon started to try all sorts of flavors, some not to my taste, but I found what I liked. Desserts, fruits and candy. My favorite juice is a Strawberry Jam flavor. I quit within four months of starting the first time I vaped. It’s been 7 years now.

And I feel great. I smell good. I don’t need to wake up and cough my brains out. I also can taste things and breathe again. I’m telling you, I don’t think I would have been able to quit with tobacco flavored juices. Having all these flavors helps because people wanna stay clear of something that tastes like a cigarette. You can change a flavor if you get sick of it. I personally have a few flavors I vape every day. I’ll actually pair it with food or to what I’m going to do that day. I couldn’t see vaping without flavors. I don’t know if I could vape without flavors. — James Rondeai

Despite comments like these — and almost all who responded to the FDA’s open-comment call were overwhelmingly in support of flavors in e-cigarettes — the agency went ahead and issued restrictions anyway. The good news is that it’s not an outright ban and online vape stores and others can still sell them.

“We’re not telling the retail stores you can’t sell them,” FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said. “If the establishments want to continue to sell these fruity flavored products, they’re going to have to put into place measures that will make sure they are not going to get into the hands of kids.”

Online Vaping Retailing Advantage

We all want to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of underage people, and here at Electric Tobacconist, we know first-hand how online vape stores can do this better than most. Anyone can walk into a physical vape shop and say they’re a certain age or even present a fake ID and make a purchase they shouldn’t be able to because they’re not old enough. This happens all the time and all around the country. With vape stores, it’s a far different purchasing scenario.

With a reputable online vape store, you can’t just check out with your purchases and that’s it. Leading retailers like ourselves have invested heavily in the latest age-verification technology to make sure no underage people can get past our checkout with vape gear. We, for example, use a number of steps to ensure people are who they say they are and are not underage. This involves submitting government ID and software-based checks of details including ZIP codes, addresses, and other factors.

“The vast majority of online sellers of vaping products use third-party age verification systems that appear to have withstood FDA compliance checks. Any retailer not using such a system should be put out of business, including sellers on third-party websites like eBay and Amazon,” said the FDA.

We’re also proud supporters of the ongoing #No2minors campaign designed to remind people that teens should not be able to buy vape gear and that retailers should be aware of their responsibility not to sell e-cigarettes to them, as well as ensure they have the right levels of security in place that act as a barrier to underage vape purchases.

Vaping: Reaching Stratospheric Heights

Such is the demand for e-cigarettes and vape juice that the entire sector is expected to balloon to more than $43 billion in value in the next few years. That’s according to a market-research forecast issued at the start of 2018, which predicted a more than 15% growth in vaping markets around the world from 2017 to 2023, driven by “growing global health awareness and technological developments” that make e-cigs and vape juice easier and more fun to use.

“The e-cigarette market is growing at a tremendous rate, thereby gaining popularity worldwide,” it says. “Several key vendors are introducing next generation vapor products such as Heat-not-Burn devices, e-vapor, smoke vapes, smokeless tobacco products, cig-a-likes, and reduced risk products cigarettes due to the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes.”

Nearly 1 billion people around the world still smoke, putting their lives and those around them at risk. Imagine the potential for saving so many people from diseases and early death, and creating happier and healthy communities everywhere. This is the promise that vaping not only offers but delivers.

Check out all the latest vaping brands at the Electric Tobacconist store now. You’ll find all the top vape kits and vape juice and at the best prices you’ll find anywhere. We ship to most US states and for free on orders over $20!

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