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Is interest in e-cigarettes waning?

July 24, 2015
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Has the vape craze flamed out, or are declining numbers for e-cigarettes from the retail community simply a sign of an inevitable slowdown after staggering early growth?

Business Insider this week weighed in on this with a post definitively titled “The e-cigarette frenzy is over.” It reported on RBC Capital Markets retail survey results showing that 80% of tobacco retailers are now carrying e-cigarettes, down from 100% just last December. Also, the survey found that 23% of tobacco sellers who offer e-cigarettes want to expand their product line; back in December 2013, that number was 80%.

“Many retailers reported having too much inventory of e-cigarettes on hand,” the Business Insider article stated.

Are you finding widespread use of e-cigarettes among your patients? For those who do use the products, is this helping them to quit smoking?




The only decline has been for "cig-a-likes", the ecigs that look like cigarettes, and probably because they are not all that effective. Most vapers use 2nd and 3rd generation devices, and these are still selling like crazy. That's a good thing, as vaping has been proven to be a relatively safe, evidence-based practice for smoking cessation.
I have a project going in which I collect donations of vaping products and distribute them to treatment centers. One of the centers I work with is reporting an 80% reduction in smoking. Isn't that a good thing?

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