The e-cigarette industry has come a long way since it essentially materialized in the mid-2000s. Although e-cigarette technology has been around since the 1960s, it’s really only been available since 2005. Over the last decade, e-cigarettes have been the subject of numerous studies, calls for regulation, and technological advancements that have made them better and more accessible than ever before. The future (and even the present) of the e-cigarette industry looks bright, especially when it comes to technology. Other issues surrounding the industry may appear to some as a dark cloud. In any event, we’ll discuss what the future holds for e-cigarettes and vape enthusiasts.
There is little doubt that the increased regulation of e-cigarette use and development is on the horizon. No one is quite sure how much regulation is going to occur in the coming months and years. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicated that they were seeking both a ban on selling vaping accessories to minors and the implementation of a warning label on e-liquid bottles in April 2015. This, of course, has yet to come to fruition, but it appears likely in the near future.
Furthermore, you can expect more regulation at the state level. By and large, the FDA’s hands are tied by a fundamental lack of conclusive evidence in regard to vaping’s benefits or dangers. By contrast, many individual states have begun seeking legislation to regulate the sale and manufacture of vaporizers, accessories, and e-liquids. If this were to occur, then higher prices, bans in public places, and other restrictions could be implemented by 2016 or even the end of 2015.
Higher E-Cigarette Usage
Despite the potential for added regulation, the amount of e-cigarette users continues to rise. Although it has hit a sort of plateau in the last few years, many industry experts believe that large numbers of new vapers will be added to the fold in the coming months and years. Indeed, in 2014, there was an increase of 10 percent in sales of e-cigarette devices at brick and mortar shops across the country. This does not include online sales, which are a major part of the industry’s success.
The increase in e-cigarette users can partly be attributed to former tobacco smokers making the conversion to vaping. Many people use vaping as a method for smoking cessation, and it has been proven effective in both clinical research studies and anecdotal evidence. Indeed, the rise in vapers practically walks hand in hand with the decrease in smokers. The number of tobacco smokers in the USA decreased by 3 million from 2005 to 2014 despite the fact that the overall population increased by 25 million.
There is a veritable laundry list of flavors and e-liquids to choose from to provide yourself with a wholly customized vaping experience. But, heretofore, the primary additive in e-liquids was nicotine. This was, of course, to make the transition from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarettes easier. But, many e-liquid manufacturers are looking into other additives that can provide distinct benefits. Some of these additives include:
The manufacture of e-liquids with these additives is still in its nascent stages, but you may find yourself vaping caffeine instead of drinking coffee in the near future.
Advanced Computer Technology
Many e-cigarette devices are already equipped computer chips that are designed to track your performance as a vaper. These computer chips can keep track of data like how many puffs you’ve taken in a day, how much nicotine you’ve inhaled, and the equivalent number of standard cigarettes you might have smoked. All of this information could soon find its way into a connected mobile app that allows you to keep track of your daily usage at a moment’s notice.
This technology also allows you to restrict your usage to a certain amount of puffs in a day, regulate the device’s temperature, and even communicate with other e-cigarette devices nearby. Imagine having a blinking light on your e-cig that lets you know when other vapers are in the area. You may even be able to opt for a “pay as you go” plan in the future that allows you to purchase a specific number of doses for your e-cigarette.
Further Research on E-Cig Safety
One of the major stumbling blocks keeping regulation at bay is the fact that research on the safety of e-cigarettes has been inconclusive thus far. It is exceedingly clear that research will continue and that the research will become more varied and diverse. As it stands, many studies have shown that e-cigarette usage poses no significant risk to human health. Others have shown that the health risks are substantially smaller with e-cigs than with traditional tobacco cigarettes. As time goes on, research will elucidate more information about the effects of vaping on the human body.
Better Products Overall
We know that e-cig technology is only getting better. It also means that vaping products are improving exponentially each year. Prices are also starting to go down dramatically. You can easily find devices and kits under $20 that provide you with a premier vaping experience. The introduction of more vaping devices and fewer “cigalikes” (e-cigs that resemble traditional cigarettes) will also improve the experience for many long-time and first-time users.