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So popular has become the use of vaporizers, that currently it is not uncommon to hear the verb “vapear” in some countries of the world.
The “vaping” has expanded among young people. So much so, that in social networks there is a kind of cult to steam, a custom that was originally born as an alternative to smoking, but that some young people incorporated it as a form of entertainment.
Basically it is about inhaling water vapor through a personal vaporizer, or an electronic cigarette. When “vaping” users apply heat to a liquid that evaporates, which has the appearance of Smoke , and it’s usually almost odorless.
The vast majority includes nicotine , although there are some vaporizers that do not. And although the electronic cigarette is smaller than the vaporizer (which uses a larger battery and a transparent tank), the term is used interchangeably.
The following graphs tell the story of how many people use vaporizers in the world, how much money that market moves and why people prefer them.
1-The explosive growth of the market
The number of “vapeadores” has increased vertiginously, from 6 million in 2011 to 35 million in 2016.
Market research consultancy Euromonitor estimates that the number of adults using vaporizers will reach 55 million by 2021.
2-Spending on electronic cigarettes is growing
The global market for vaporized products is estimated at US $ 22,600 million, while just five years ago it reached US $ 4,200 million.
The United States, Japan and the United Kingdom are the largest markets.3-Electronic cigarettes with open tanks are the most popular
There are two major types of electronic cigarettes: those that use an open tank and those that use a closed one.
In the open tank, the user can manually recharge the liquid that turns into steam, while the closed ones use recharges that are inserted directly into the battery of the electronic cigarette.
3-Most electronic cigarettes are bought in stores
The majority of consumers buy their products in specialized stores, according to a report published by the consulting firm Ernst & Young.
In 2015, 35% of the respondents in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Poland, Italy, Russia and South Korea, bought the devices in stores dedicated to the sale of electronic cigarettes.
4-Why people “vapea”
Among the people surveyed by Ernst & Young, the most common reason to use electronic cigarettes is that they are “less harmful than normal cigarettes.”
In fact, 49% of users use them to reduce smoking.But the issue is controversial.
The public health authorities in England noted in a report that there is evidence to claim that electronic cigarettes are less harmful than normal cigarettes.
The same study established that there is no evidence that electronic cigarettes encourage the youngest to smoke and recommended that these should be sold with a prescription to help people quit smoking.
However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern about the use of vaporizers, for the following reasons:
- The long-term effects are not known.
- The nicotine that is in the liquid that is vaporized in an electronic cigarette is addictive .
- Users who manually recharge their products can spill the liquid on their skin, something that could cause nicotine poisoning.
- Some sweet flavors are irritating and could potentially cause inflammation of the airways.