Vaping is hot in the United Kingdom, and in case anyone thought this growth was happening exclusively in the States, let this serve as a reminder that electronic alternative smoking devices are extremely sought-after in the UK!
With last week’s news about electronic cigarettes finally being able to be shown in use during television advertisements in the UK, and Oxford Dictionaries’ choosing “vape” as the word of the year, a light has been shined on tobacco alternative use in the United Kingdom. Here is a look at how vaping is perceived, accepted, and being done across the pond.
All major news organizations in the United Kingdom have run stories and discussions on e-cigarettes in recent months, ranging from critical, to welcoming. Like everywhere else, it’s quite clear the positive impact electronic cigarettes are having on the smoking population. It has made current news and remained a topic of interest for years now.
Earlier this year, in the trendy Shoreditch neighborhood of London, the first “vape cafe” opened to great fanfare and of course, some controversy. The Vape Lab, as it is known, enables vapers a stylish lounge where they can grab a delicious cup of coffee while they vape, meet others who are also immersed in the vaping culture, and enjoy an environment where their nicotine preference is accepted and embraced. The indoor smoking ban hit London 7 years before, and until the Vape Lap opened, those who wanted to enjoy nicotine in public had no choice other than to take it outdoors. The atmosphere of this unique concept is reminiscent of early 20th century European cafe culture, combining luxury, technology, and an inspiring ambiance where vapers can gather.
Just like in the United States, electronic cigarette sales have only skyrocketed as the devices have gained such profound popularity. Between 2012 and 2013, vapor cig sales in the UK rose an unprecedented 340 percent, bringing in 193 billion last year!
It’s safe to say, that the USA is clearly not the only e-cig market around, or the only that is thriving. E-cigarette usage is a worldwide phenomenon; they are changing the global landscape, one vapor cloud at a time.