A Metamorphosis of Tobacco Consumers

By Vape Contributor
on March 10, 2018

A Metamorphosis of Tobacco Consumers

A metamorphosis is taking place that bodes well for the electronic cigarette industry. Tobacco consumers are becoming more sophisticated using more complex devices and multiple types of nicotine delivery systems to get their daily fix.

An average vaping starter kit can range from $30 to $100, with the cost of electronic liquids in the $65 to $85 dollars a month range (for a pack-a-day smoker). In comparison, an average pack-a-day smoker can spend as much as $185 per month on cigarettes.

The potential new demand for e-cigarettes and other ENDS is happening alongside developments at the federal level. In a series of decisions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) committee rejected the claim put forth by New York-based Philip Morris International (PMI) that its iQOS heat-not-burn device would reduce the risk for tobacco-related diseases. While the FDA still needs to decide what to do with the committee’s decision, it’s a potential blow to PMI’s marketing plans. The FDA must still rule on whether to allow PMI to sell iQOS in the United States.

Despite this setback, the tobacco industry remains hopeful, especially because the FDA’s attitude toward tobacco appears to have pivoted. It’s all due to the entry of FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. Despite reservations about teenagers’ e-cigarette usage, Gottlieb has softened the agency’s hardline stance on adult users and has cited e-cigs’ potential in helping smokers quit.

“One finding that’s particularly troubling is that kids who experiment with e-cigarettes are more likely to try smoking,” Gottlieb said during comments about an ENDS report commissioned by the FDA and released in January. “At the same time, the report finds that current smokers who completely switch to e-cigarettes may see improved short-term health outcomes.”

Gottlieb called for more research on the matter.

Vaping has shown strong, consistent consumer growth for a year and a half and remains the fastest-growing subcategory within tobacco and all projections look for further growth.

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Vaping and Marijuana Are More Popular Than Cigarettes Among Generation Y

By Vape Contributor
on December 20, 2017

Vaping and Marijuana Are More Popular Than Cigarettes Among Generation Y

Cigarette use has dropped so sharply among Americans that vaping and marijuana use are now more common than conventional cigarettes.

In contrast, rates of marijuana use have remained largely consistent, with occasional small shifts.

Doctors and government officials are "impressed by the improvement in substance use by all," said Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He continued, "we don't yet know about the health problems in vaping."

Vaping devices are perceived by some experts as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes because they do not include carcinogens that come with burning tobacco. However, Dr. Compton said, "The concern is that it may represent a new route for exposure to nicotine and marijuana."

The tobacco decline has been attributed to many factors, including strong public health anti smoking campaigns, higher cigarette prices and peer pressure not to smoke. Additionally, the general public is viewing cigarettes and alcohol as distasteful and a serious health risk.

As public opinion begins to shift and additional studies are released to show vaping in a better light the industry should continue to increase.

We here at Cali Steam are excited for 2018 and the continued success of our industry. Have a safe and healthy holiday with friends and family this holiday season.

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