Back in 2015, international sales of electronic cigarettes broke through the $6 billion mark. For the first time since 2008, the numbers for nicotine replacement products, such as gums and patches, fell as consumers turned to vaping devices to quit smoking. E-cigs have since become a serious threat to the traditional tobacco industry, which continues to struggle with decreasing buyers, increasing health awareness, and rising taxes.
The UK, in particular, has become the second-largest market after the US. The UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) even said that retail sales in the country are worth a whopping 600 million pounds. That amount has likely gone up as health experts recently gave vaping a nod for its positive effects on ex-smokers. It was found that people who switched from real to e-cigs had fewer cancer-causing substances and toxins in their bodies after six months. Because of this, Cancer Research UK is also giving it the green signal as part of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).