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We look back at the top vaping stories of 2017 and the major milestones the industry achieved across the year, from government-backed campaigns to research studies, it’s been quite a year!

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Vaping studies

Over the course of 2017, we’ve seen many independent and government-backed studies looking into the impact of switching from traditional cigarettes to e-cigarettes. Many of these studies showed that vaping was an effective smoking cessation tool. At the end of 2016, a study was carried out by University College London and Cancer Research UK who found that a number of smokers who had successfully quit thanks to e-cigarettes had risen to a staggering 15,000 by 2015.

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Vaping was also shown to be a cost effective way to help quit smoking in Ireland. Research gathered by Dublin’s Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) showed that although there wasn’t enough research into the long term effects of vaping, it is twice as effective as a smoking cessation device than willpower alone.

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Non-vapers on vaping

At One Pound e-Liquid, we wanted to do our own research so we undertook our ‘Non-Vapers on Vaping’ survey. We wanted to cut through the noise and find out what non-vapers actually thought about the use of e-cigarettes in common spaces and their opinions regarding health impact. We also wanted to find out what the biggest annoyances were for non-vapers, are you guilty of any of them?

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Big business

In July, we got the news that the vaping industry had turned into a very big business! UK sales of vaping products had surged by 50% in 2016, reaching £1 billion. This milestone also marked 1.9 million fewer smokers in Britain since the smoking ban was introduced ten years previously.

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Vaping and young people

One of the biggest stories to dominate the e-cigarette debate was whether or not young people who try vaping end up becoming regular users. A part-funded Cancer Research UK study looked into this and found that the majority of e-cigarette experimentation does not lead to regular use. Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK’s director of prevention, said: “Smoking continues to be the biggest preventable cause of cancer, so it’s vital we continue to investigate ways to reduce the number of people addicted to tobacco. E-cigarettes have the potential to help achieve this.”

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Finally, one of the most significant milestones for the vaping industry occurred in October, or should we say Stoptober? For the first time, the government-backed campaign to help people stop smoking promoted e-cigarettes as a cessation tool. TV adverts showing people vaping were broadcast for the first time and health professionals were encouraged to advise smokers to use them as a smoking alternative.

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What will 2018 bring to the vaping industry? We want to know your thoughts and opinions on the year in front and what you hope to see.