Commentary: Forces That Drive the Vape Shop Industry and Implications for the Health Professions

Eval Health Prof. 2016 Sep;39(3):379-88. doi: 10.1177/0163278715586295. Epub 2015 May 11.


At least three factors may be driving the evolution of the vape shop industry, a rapidly growing market sector that specializes in the sales of electronic cigarettes: (1) the tobacco industry, (2) the public health sector and its diverse stakeholders, and (3) consumer demand. These influences and the responses of the vape shop sector have resulted in a rapidly changing landscape. This commentary briefly discusses these three factors and the implications for the health professions, as they address the vape shop industry and its consequences for public health.

Keywords: electronic cigarettes; health; vape shops.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems / economics*
  • Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Professional Role*
  • Public Health*
  • Tobacco Industry / organization & administration*
  • Vaping / economics*