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These tables tell the story of a growing sector – but how many people vape, how much is being spent on electronic cigarettes and why people buy them?1. Vaping is ever more popular
According to the latest statistics of the World Health Organization, there has been a small but steady decrease in the estimated number of smokers in the world since 2000 – from 1.14 billion and then to about 1.1 billion today.
But the situation is different when it comes to vaping.
The number of vapers is increasing rapidly from about seven million in 2011, to 35 million in 2016.
Market research group Euromonitor estimates that the number of adults who vape to reach about 55 million by 2021. 2. The expenditure on e-cigarettes is growing
The e-cigarette market is expanding, as the number of vapers salt.
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The United States, Japan and the UNITED kingdom are the biggest markets. Vapers in the three countries that have spent a total of $16.3 billion on smokeless tobacco and vaping products in 2016.
European countries such as Sweden, Italy, Norway and Germany also in the top 10. 3. Open the e-cigarettes are the most popular
There are two main types of e-cigarette open and closed system, also known as the open and the closed vessel.
In an open system, the liquid that is vaporized can be refilled manually by the user. There is also a removable mouthpiece.
Closed system e-cigarette use ready-made charges, which attach directly to the e-cigarette battery.
Since 2011, the gap in spending between them was gradually increasing.
It is estimated that this year, vapers will spend an estimated $8.9 billion of open system e-cigarettes, also known as vape pens – more than double the expenditure on the closed system of products. 4. Most of the e-cigarettes are purchased in store
The majority of e-cigarette users to buy their devices in stores, according to a report published by Ernst & Young.
In 2015, 35% of e-cigarette users surveyed across the UK, France, Germany, Poland, Italy, Russia and South Korea, have bought their devices in stores e-cigarette.
Of the 3,000 users surveyed by Kantar for Ernst & Young, 21% said that they had purchased their devices online.
You think that consumers can do their first e-cigarette purchase in person, to build familiarity with a relatively new product, or asking for advice on which type of device can meet their needs.
In the UNITED kingdom, in Europe, the largest e-cigarette market, there are about 2,000 vaping outlet. 5. Why do people vape?
Among the countries taken into consideration for the Ernst & Young, the most common reason for the use of an e-cigarette is that they are “less harmful than regular cigarettes”.
About 49% of users said they used e-cigarettes to curb their smoking habit.
Public health England’s latest report vaping highlighted the evidence that electronic cigarettes are less harmful than regular cigarettes, and that there was no evidence so far suggest that e-cigarettes could encourage young people to become smokers.
The agency has also recommended that e-cigarettes should be available on prescription, because of their role in helping people to stop smoking.
However, the World Health Organization has cited numerous health problems associated with vaping, stressing that:
The long-term effects are unknown
The nicotine in the liquid that is vaporized in an e-cigarette creates dependency
Users to replace the liquid in refillable e-cigarettes you may pour the product on their skin, which can lead to poisoning nicotine
Some of the sweet flavors of e-cigarettes are irritating, potentially causing inflammation of the airway