Significant Events in the Vaping Industry for 2018

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Vawoo – the online marketplace for vapers and vape industry related companies – is announcing its round-up of the most important events of this year, including launching of their e-commerce platform for UK public.

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A unique place to get your vape gear was opened in 2018. Vawoo.co.uk was created with the comfort of vapers in mind. Its main goal is to connect consumers with the best in the industry vaping gear vendors and manufacturers in one place.

This year passed in the blink of an eye. Multiple notable things were accomplished, and small but mighty steps were taken towards the growth of the vaping industry. Today let's take a closer look at the most important events in the e-cigarette world of 2018.

Vaping has hit the record while smoking is at its lowest rates

This became one of the important news for the UK community this year. The number of vapers has reached a remarkable figure of 3.2m people, according to a survey led by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). This makes 1.7m ex-smokers. Smoking continues, by this day, to be considered the biggest killer of the population, while the choice towards vaping has proven to bring advantages to the world. Unfortunately, there still remain 50% of smokers who, due to lack of knowledge, are afraid to use e-cigarettes as a nicotine replacement therapy.

VApril became a thing

This campaign was organised with the initiative of the UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA), involving thousands of people across the country. VApril is about offering support to those who are trying to quit, promoting e-cigarettes as the starting point to success. The mission consists in persuading smokers to switch to vaping for at least the month of April. There were created video materials and educational packs to show the benefits. Masterclasses were held as well in specialised shops throughout the UK to inform regarding the existent devices, how they work and what starter kits are better to choose.

The big houses are investing in the business

Though many big names in the tobacco field have begun to create and offer the market vape gear, this year Philip Morris International (PMI) has announced that they are ready to help the population to lead a healthier life.
'In changing times you can always choose to do nothing. Instead, we’ve set a new course for the company. We’ve chosen to do something really big.
Society expects us to act responsibly. And we are doing just that by designing a smoke-free future.' said the representatives of PMI.

The Vawoo online marketplace has opened its 'doors'

A unique place to get your vape gear was opened in 2018. Vawoo.co.uk was created with the comfort of vapers in mind.
Its main goal is to connect consumers with the best in the industry vaping gear vendors and manufacturers in one place. By this, they make it easy to buy or sell vape products, as well as be on top of the latest trends in the industry. Vawoo has created a different level of shopping experience.

Vape expos were bringing the community together

Such conventions were created for the meet and great purposes. The visitors get a chance to know better the leading brands or discover the new members on the market while testing their current inventions. Businesses get to create a name for themselves, engage with their customers in person, learn about their needs and preferences. Through the years, these events have become 'must see' for vapers around the globe by making them into full-on shows with competitions, awards and workshops for any taste.

The biggest one in the UK by far is the Vaper Expo. These guys bring entertainment to a new level. They are considered the most important biannual event in the vaping industry in Europe being visited by companies and visitors from the whole world.

For the USA based vapers, Vapexpo held its exhibition in Los Angeles in November with business-related seminars while the guests had a possibility to see the best mixologists in action. By providing a one-of-kind experience, meetups as Vapor Dynasty and National Vape Expo have fallen into the must-visit category as well.

An abundance of studies was made and countless positive results achieved

Myths about e-cigarettes were spread in numerous quantities. They were created by media outlets, biased medical representatives and the misinformed public. But most of these myths were successfully busted. Some conclusions made by scientists this year were inspiring:

  • The particles contained in exhaled vapour dissolve in a couple of seconds, according to an article published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information. It means that second-hand vapour does not bring harm to people nearby.
  • It was noticed in a follow-up investigation on COPD patients that due to using vaporisers, the disease didn't progress while in some cases, it lowered in stages.
  • It was discovered in a study conducted by Dr Farsalinos together with Dr Polosa that vaping helps to lower the blood pressure. This result was obtained even for dual users.

Though an excess of regulations are coming out constantly, it can be affirmed that vaping is slowly but surely achieving its purpose. This purpose is to lead the smokers to health through innovation, constant research and information. Will it be fulfilled by 2030 as hoped by Public Health England? It sure looks possible.

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