The Future Of Vaping: What Does It Look Like? What Could It Look Like?
As Forrest once said, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” He has a point. Oh wait. Wasn’t it mama Gump who told Forrest the quote?
Whatever the case may be, things change constantly and unless you’re a clairvoyant with the ability to predict the future, you won’t truly know what tomorrow will bring with 100% certainty.
For example, how do we know what to expect from the weather? We can assume. But that’s just a little too risky for the greater good. That’s why there are climatologist’s and meteorologist’s who share their science backed predictions that allow us to plan out our days and weeks. What about the market shifts fooling with our hard-earned money? We have people for that too and they are called, Economic Forecasters. There are predictors for gas prices, crop yields, fish escapements and global warming. There are even forecasters for sports events. Currently, at this very moment, some high-ranking heads in Vegas are betting some serious cake on Conor McGregor upsetting Floyd Mayweather. Like that’s gonna happen…
Recently, I stumbled across an article where fifteen e-cigarette experts shared their predictions for the future of vaping in the year 2017. It was a very interesting read. Both pro vaping experts as well as those who didn’t seem too optimistic about the future landscape, brought forth some interesting insights on what to expect in the future with regards to vaping.
Click this link to read the full article. Or scroll down to read some of the condensed blurbs from a few of the experts that I found to be very interesting.
Alex Clark, CASAA: The Fight Back
Alex writes on behalf of the Consumer Advocates for Smoke Free Alternatives Association, (CASAA). In Clark’s own words:
“FDA regulations are living on borrowed time…and 2017 is the year that we start fighting back.”
States will be ramping up efforts to bring the industry under their thumbs. This will be especially true if FDA regulations are rolled back. The most prominent policy battles will likely be over taxation, place bans, where flavored vapor products can be sold, and raising the minimum legal purchase age to 21 (Tobacco 21). States may also seek to impose standards on the industry, and there will be some battles over what state actions are preempted by federal legislation.
In states where inappropriate policies have been enacted, 2017 will be the year that we start to see some rollback. While taxes on vapor products are not likely to be lowered or repealed, other regulations like place bans and overbearing standards will be amended.
Louise Ross: An End to Negative Stories on E-Cigs?
Louise is the manager for Leicester’s Stop Smoking Service, the first stop smoking service in the UK to become ‘e-cig friendly”. In Ross’s own words:
“The evidence will show that as the use of ecigs rises, smoking prevalence falls.”
Journalists are going to get bored with writing stories about possible harms of vaping; this will prompt the anti-vaping sector to either make more and more outrageous claims, which will make them look ridiculous, or to give up and focus on something else. In the meantime, increasing numbers of smokers will try vaping, encouraged by the growth in communities of ordinary people who have made the switch and are doing fine.In 2017, more than ever before, this will include a greater number of people who didn’t want to stop smoking, but who get convinced by their friends and family. New products will come on the market which will be easier to use, and these will act as a gateway out of smoking.
More people will realize this is the trend, and not fear that vaping is a gateway into smoking; the evidence will show that as the use of e-cigs rises, smoking prevalence falls.
Surveillance will demonstrate, by the end of 2017, that in states and countries where regulation all but stamped out vaping, smoking rates rose again for the first time in years. Policy-makers and regulators will hang their heads in shame.
Professor Jean Francois Etter: New Products from Big Tobacco
In Etter’s own words:
“In 2017, we will see the expansion of new products developed by the tobacco industry.”
In 2017, we will see the expansion of new products developed by the tobacco industry. In particular the international launch of the iQOS vaporizer from PMI and its success in Japan, where it already represents 5% of sales of tobacco, a figure that doubled in just one year, announces a profound change in the tobacco market. In the US, the announcement by Totally Wicked of the closure of its e-cigarette stores following the new regulation of the FDA announces a hecatomb in the e-cigarette market, unless the new administration cancels the «deeming» regulation.
What are your thoughts on the future of vaping?