There has been plenty of bad news about e-cigs in the news over the past several years. As traditional cigarette companies ran into trouble advertising and with strong state campaigns running against them, it has been harder to gain a foothold with younger populations. But e-cigs are not classified as traditional cigarettes because they exhale vapor and don’t use nicotine. But that hasn’t stopped researchers and scientists from claiming that e-cigs were at least as dangerous as traditional cigarettes, if not more dangerous. With the European Union moving to regulate e-cigs, and with several prominent players in the US saying the same, it seemed that e-cigs time was nearly up. But it seems that 2015 is ending with some good news for the e-cig industry.

The unexpected good news is that relatively few nonsmokers are being created from the e-cig industry. The news comes from a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC. The CDC studied over 36,000 US adults, and found that for the most part, the only people trying out e-cigs were already smokers. While this is good news from a public health standpoint, it isn’t really good news for investors who want to see growth in the e-cig sector.

Those who are interested in seeing regulation in the e-cig industry should know that this isn’t likely to change the minds of researchers and law makers. Even though new populations aren’t being exposed to e-cigs, that does not mean that they aren’t a public health danger. Many retailers with e-cig merchant accounts, get them from credit card processors such as eMerchantBroker, and it doesn’t seem that regulators will be giving e-cigs a break. E-cigs are probably still going to be regulated in the near future, and that means diminished advertising and diminished sales. While e-cigs have made a lot of money over the past few years, that is not expected to continue over the long term as their ability to advertise is choked off.

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