2014 - the year of the word Vape

The word ‘vape’ has been around for far longer than most of us could imagine. Amazingly, it dates from 1983, first appearing in a New Society article. This article, 31 years ago, described 'an inhaler or “non-combustible” cigarette, looking much like the real thing, but... delivering a metered dose of nicotine vapour. (The new habit, if it catches on, would be known as vaping)'.

Vaping is definitely growing – we’ve seen more of our friends and work colleagues with e-cigarettes and vaping pens than ever before. Photos of celebrities vaping go viral. And this is generating more research into why people choose to vape, and its effectiveness. 

According to a fascinating article in Time magazinevaping appears to actually reduce tobacco cravings, making it easier to quit smoking. One study, in an attempt to answer whether e-cigarettes decreased the urge to smoke tobacco cigarettes, followed 48 smokers for eight months who had not planned to quit. Even though they had not planned on quitting, 21% of the long-term smokers stopped smoking entirely, and a further 23% cut the number of cigarettes they were smoking by half. Professor Frank Baeyens, who headed up the study, said that 'the nicotine e-cig offers many smokers a successful alternative for smoking less – or even quitting altogether'. 

Increasingly, people are choosing to vape. 2.1 million of us are vapers, three times the number in 2012. Louise Ross, the Manager for Leicester Stop Smoking Service, spoke at the E-cigarette Summit last month. Her speakers biography described her changing attitude to vaping: 'Initially suspicious of e-cigs, her epiphany moment happened at the 2013 Ecig Summit (around lunchtime), and since then she has been a committed advocate of listening to what the general public, and Stop service users in particular, are saying about their experiences of vaping'. Louise Ross believes that 'user involvement is essential for understanding the appeal of these devices, which could hold the key to seeing an end to smoking combustible cigarettes in our lifetime'. http://www.uknscc.org/uknscc2014_presentation_338.php. Wow.

Unless anyone reading this has a functioning crystal ball, we would all struggle to predict what the 'word of the year' will be in 2045 – another 31 years in the future. But if Louise Ross is right, and we could see an end to smoking in our lifetime, that would have amazing health benefits. We can predict one thing with confidence, though – that the Electronic E-Cig Store will be selling great quality vaping products at fantastic prices in 2015.

Happy New Year to you all!

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