SALES OF E-CIGARETTES have grown rapidly in recent years, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows, underscoring concern among public health advocates about the impact of the devices.
E-cigarette sales skyrocketed by 132 percent while their prices fell substantially between 2012 and 2016, especially prices for rechargeable devices, according to the study. Researchers measured average monthly sales and prices for four types of Electronic Cigarette products – including rechargeables, disposables and prefilled cartridges – in the 48 contiguous states and the nation's capital, and did not include online or vape shop sales. E-liquid sales were measured between 2014 and 2016.
E-cigarettes, which don't contain tar or ash but can still deliver nicotine and other potentially toxic substances, have been marketed as a smoking-cessation tool. But in 2015, more than half of people who vaped also smoked traditional cigarettes, according to the CDC.vaporesso vape
While disposables were the first type of e-cigarette to hit the U.S. market last decade, rechargeables and their accompanying prefilled cartridges are now the products of choice among the millions of Americans who vape. Average monthly sales for rechargeables increased 154 percent between 2012 and 2016, according to the CDC, while the average price of the devices fell by nearly half.
In 2016, a monthly average of 766 prefilled cartridges were sold per 100,000 people – a higher rate than that of any of the other vaping products. The cartridges, also called pods, sold for an average of $14.36 per five-pack.
"It's ultimately reflective of the changing landscape, and we're seeing more of these pod mod devices such as Juul that are now entering the marketplace," says Brian King, senior author of the study and a deputy director in the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health. "It just reinforces the importance (for) us as a public health community to ensure that we're considering the diversity of different e-cigarette products … so we can implement evidence-based strategies to ensure we're preventing public health harm."u2022eney7485yyWEEEEDD