LADIES AND GENTLEMAN: SMOKERS OVER AGE 18 MAKING THE SWITCH
As we’ve seen countless times now, the nicotine addictions that occur mostly start at a young age. There are findings published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that suggest that a majority of students in middle school and high school who use electronic cigarettes are already using conventional tobacco products as well. In 2013, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that this number had doubled that year.
Most electronic cigarettes and all vaping devices use a battery-powered heating device to create a water vapor instead of smoke to deliver a measure of nicotine to users. At Mig Cigs, we have various levels of e-liquid nicotine flavors such as Menthol and Mint, along with other dynamic flavors like Pina Colada and Blueberry. The product isn’t quite regulated by the FDA, but you do have to be 18 or over to buy from us.
Speaking of the FDA, they’re still studying vast amounts of data on electronic cigarettes, and bit by bit, they’ve been trying to pass different rules and regulations in this industry. There are different researchers out there with their opinions on this matter such as Dr. Tim McAfee, the director of the CDC Office on Smoking and Health, who issued this statement back in 2013, “About 90% of all smokers begin smoking as teenagers. We must keep our youth from experimenting or using any tobacco product,” He then goes on to say, “If, as the results suggest, e-cigarette use is tied to tobacco use among teens, then electronic cigarettes could be just as enabling as conventional cigarettes for nicotine addictions.” But wait, there’s more from him, “These dramatic increases suggest that developing strategies to prevent marketing, sales, and use of e-cigarettes among youth is critical,” said McAfee.
Today, there’s still no compelling evidence presented that vaping is bad for you or it’s not even close to effective as the nicotine patch or gum. But the adult audience of former smokers out there continue to disagree with what the FDA thinks. In fact, most companies who sell these devices focus on adult smokers as their target market. Many of those customers who have made the switch to “vaping” attest that the primary reason they did that was to get off traditional tobacco products, either for economic reasons or the health effects associated with tobacco use.
So, as you can see, the vaping products for adults is where most e-cig companies focus their attention on. Even the older generation have finally come around and started to make the switch. This year, we should see this industry continue to flourish, regardless of whatever challenges the FDA throws our way.