Let the eliquid battle of 2015 begin
Last year was a rollercoaster ride for eliquid fans. In 2014, we saw the word “vape” added to the Oxford English Dictionary, but ecigarettes were more likely to make the news in articles questioning whether they were a valid alternative to smoking or if they were likely to introduce underage people to nicotine addiction.
But let’s put 2014 behind us. What is in store for the upcoming year? Unfortunately, it looks like legislators will continue to push legislation banning the smoking of eliquid products in various places, including bars and restaurants.
The United States is leading the charge in bans on vaping in public. Despite the fact that Colorado became one of the first states to legalise marijuana, the city of Golden, Colorado, kicked off the New Year by banning electronic cigarette usage in public spaces, according to the Denver Post. The Golden ban on eliquid and ecigarette products, however, is unique in that it bans vaping even in outdoor public spaces, such as public parks and footpaths.
But despite these restrictions, there are indications that vaping trends are only going to increase in the coming year. A Research and Markets report titled “Global E-cigarette Market 2015 – 2019” predicts that between 2014 and 2019, the global e-cigarette market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 25 per cent.
This report reflects trends in North American, Western Europe, Eastern and Central Europe, the APAC region, and Latin America. The figure doesn’t refer to just ecigarettes, but also eliquids, cartridges, refills and other related products.
There’s no doubt about it – the world of vaping is still evolving. Ecigarette technology continues to improve, legislators continue to mull laws preventing eliquid usage, and the vaping community continues to value the benefits of ecigarettes. No matter where you stand on this issue, you’re likely to see some interesting developments in the upcoming year.