How many people will be vaping by the start of 2017?
We all know that vaping has really exploded in popularity – but a lot of rumors lately have seemed to indicate that the habit might be taking a drastic downturn as of late. Is this true, or is vaping still going as strong as ever?
As 2017 approaches, we decided to take a closer look at the numbers, to see if vaping was actually slowing down or gaining traction. Obviously, it’s a bit impossible to tell for sure exactly how popular (or unpopular) vaping will be in the future. The uncertainty is further compounded by new FDA regulations in the US that seriously threaten to change vaping as we know it, for the vast number of Americans.
But thankfully, at least in the UK, and despite EU regulations, vaping is still alive and well – and shows little signs of changing.
So here’s what we found as far as numbers are concerned. If these don’t ring in the new year with a bang (or at least a massive cloud of vapour), then we’re not sure what will!
In the United States
While this information is not necessarily brand new as of 2016, we cannot overlook the CDC reports about vaping. According to a report that was released back in 2015, about 3.7 percent of American adults were using the devices to vape with on a regular basis.
When crunched, these numbers add up to over 9 million adult consumers (according to the U.S. Census Bureau).
But the United States isn’t the only country with strong numbers of vapers in its ranks.
What about in the UK?
We all know that the UK has put up some very strong numbers in the vaping market. We also know that Public Health England made history when they released their official review of electronic cigarette studies, citing that E-cigs were up to 95% safer than analog tobacco cigarettes.
In a lot of ways, the UK has led the positive charge on smoking by embracing vaping, unlike the US – which, steeped in the influence of big-tobacco and suffering from the obvious bargaining power that cigarette companies have with the FDA, has decided to make things extremely difficult for vapers moving forward.
But how many people in the UK actually vape?
According to Imperial College London and studies that they’ve conducted, the percentage of the UK population who has tried vaping rose from 8.9% back in 2012 to 15.5% back in 2014.
According to ivta.org.uk, the number of vapers in the UK today (at least, as of May of 2016) totals somewhere close to 2.8 million.
But what is really going to happen in 2017?
We found a very interesting article on the Ashtray Blog that actually dealt specifically with this question. Admittedly, it is difficult to find real, calculated numbers for 2016, because these things tend to take some time to generate – so without a lot of data to pull from, it’s a little bit difficult to figure out what’s really going to happen in 2017.
But blog post on Ashtray Blog, titled “12 Top E-Cig Experts Predict The Future of Vaping in 2016”, did a lot to help us at least partly imagine what might happen as we ring in the new year.
This article had less to do with actual numbers, and more to do with the position of the market – but the outcome could certainly look more ‘grim’ than a lot of E-cig users would like. A lot of vapers don’t understand that vaping has some huge challenges facing it right around the corner – especially in the US. There is a chance that, in the US, as many as 99% of vaping products will be rendered illegal, and that this will doubtlessly impact vaping numbers as we continue into 2017.
We do know that, according to businesswire.com, the worldwide vape products market is expected to reach a value of $32.11 billion (USD) by 2021, which is a pretty big increase. We also know that more people continue to start vaping each day, adding to the millions who are already vaping in the US and the UK.
So 2017 will likely mark significant increases – though it is also doubtless that the challenges will begin to taper vaping growth off as 2017 shapes up.
It’s hard to say what will happen – but what is important is this… we all need to work together and use what influence we have as a community to keep vaping on-track. Eliminating smoking and providing safer alternatives is what is important – and vaping is doubtlessly the leader on this front.