1 in 10 Americans Now Uses an E-Cigarette
According the a new Reuters poll released this week, 1 out of 10 Americans currently use an electronic cigarette. This is a major spike from the estimated 2.6 percent of vapers in 2013. So why are people flocking to electronic cigarettes so rapidly? It seems that the vast majority are turning to vaping in hopes of kicking the tobacco habit once and for all.
With ten percent of Americans using ecigs, researchers hoped to learn about their motivations and vaping habits. They found that 70 percent of vapers reportedly started using an ecig within the last year and about 75 percent are still using traditional cigarettes too. While some believe this shows a dangerous trend of both smoking and vaping together, it is actually quite the opposite. Most of these individuals are using both products in an effort to gradually cut down on their tobacco consumption until they are completely tobacco-free.
Nearly half of vapers said that friends and family convinced them to try vaping. Around 40 percent said vaping appealed to them because it was cheaper and they could use ecigs indoors. The vast majority of ecig users (80 percent) believed vaping was a good way to quit smoking.
As more stories emerge about people who are using ecigs, it helps us understand more about the vaping culture and what motivates people to make the switch. Emily Deppe, 37, chose to start vaping in an effort to kick the cigarette habit before she gets pregnant. She said that ecigs satisfy her desire for a cigarette, are less harmful, and they don’t leave her smelling like an ashtray.
While ecig companies in the United States are not allowed to make claims about ecigs used for smoking cessation, it’s clear that most Americans are using them for this purpose. As the ecig market booms, other smoking cessation aids like nicotine patches and gums are seeing a steady decline in sales.
Mike Morgan, 48, said he smoked a pack of cigarettes everyday until his mother died from cancer. That’s when he decided it was time to make a chance so he opted to use an ecig. “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. Morgan hopes he can eventually wean himself off nicotine completely using his ecig.
Seth Hunt, 45, said he turned to ecigs after his doctor warned him that he needed to stop smoking. Now he is tobacco-free and he said he “feels significantly better” since he is vaping instead of smoking cigarettes.
Bonnie Herzog, a well respected Wells Fargo Securities analyst predicts that ecigs will grow to $3.5 billion by the end of 2015, a billion dollar increase from 2014. She believes the enormous growth of the industry is due to the more advanced tank devices that allow ecig users to customize their experience with various flavors and nicotine levels.
What about you… when did you start vaping? Are you now completely tobacco-free? Share your ecig story in the comments!