There has been a surge in the number of people vaping in the last few years. A study by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that over 40 million people use electronic cigarettes. Since 2012, there has been a shift from tobacco to e-liquid. This is mainly because of the health problems associated with smoking that have become well-known, not to mention smokers find vaping cheaper than purchasing regular tobacco sticks.
Now in 2018, vaping is more popular than ever and with popularity come trends.
Here are some of the biggest vaping trends of the year:
One of the biggest trends we’ve seen this year has come from the rapid growth of mods. They are relatively new to the vape scene but their ability for customizing the experience has been a major factor to this.
2018 has seen better and more efficient mods available on the market. The batteries have gotten bigger, giving vapers longer usage from their devices. The mods have also been developed to be more compatible with these batteries, as well as the varying sizes of tanks and coils. This all ties back into the customization point.
In particular, one of the biggest winners of 2018 in terms of mods are Juuls. They have become so popular that the phrase ‘Juuling’ has become part of the culture. According to Bloomberg, the company responsible for their creation, Juul Labs, is now worth over $15 billion. Considering it has only been a year since it split from its parent company, Pax Labs, the speed of growth is incredible.
Juuling has got so big that according to Wells Fargo, over 70% of all US e-cigarettes are Juuls. But all this popularity has not gone unnoticed, and in some ways not for the better. A lot of Juul users are young people. There have been arguments that Juuls are creating more of a problem because, instead of vaping being used as a method to quit smoking, young people are using it as a way to start. Of course, with moderation and regulation, this can be prevented.
Cloud chasing is on the rise
One of the biggest draws of vaping comes from the ability to create clouds that look awesome. It’s a skill that brings together a who different side of the community, some of which don’t even have a nicotine concentration. These people just vape for the fun of it. With the rise of cloud chasing has seen the increase of VG content in the make-up of e-liquid.
Compared to most of the other substances that create vape clouds, VG produces some of the thickest around. This is because VG, or vegetable glycerine for its full name, is responsible for distributing the nicotine and flavorings in the solution before it vaporizes.
Higher VG content also gives vapers a less intense feeling on the throat when inhaling, boosting its popularity. As such, the more that people are seeking to perform vaping tricks, the more that VG is wanted, so companies are using it more in their products. You are now likely to find most e-liquids with a VG/PG ratio of around 70/30. In some cases, you’ll now find e-liquids that are 100% VG.
More nicotine salts
Another vaping trend of 2018 has been the rapid increase in the use of nicotine salts. These work differently to the regular way of extracting nicotine, where ammonia is used to separate the nicotine from the salts of tobacco leaves. Nicotine salts, on the other hand, do not require any harmful chemicals to extract the nicotine. Instead, the salts are being directly extracted from the leaves themselves. Ammonia is a well-known carcinogen so avoiding its use in the extraction process is a huge win for vaping.
One of the biggest winners of the nicotine salt trend is, once again, the popular mod Juul, meaning that the biggest users are younger people. There are plenty of other advantages of using nicotine salts, such as their ease of use, their portability and above all else, they are a much healthier option. They’re also great for those that don’t like the feel of vape hitting the throat. Nicotine salts are a lot smoother than regular freebase nicotine e-liquids.
Finally, with the concentrations of nicotine less available in e-liquid due to TPD regulations, nicotine salts can provide a more satisfying hit.
These are four of the most popular vaping trends of 2018. With 2019 just around the corner, vaping is sure to grow even more. We are excited to see what the next biggest trends will be.