vape industryVapes and e-cigarettes are terms that refer to electronic nicotine delivery systems, or ENDS. These systems are noncombustible, instead using e-liquids that, when exposed to heat, create an aerosol for the user to inhale.

They first appeared in 2007 and have continued to expand over the years. They have undergone a series of redesigns, ranging in appearance from traditional cigarettes to cigars and pipes. Most recently, vapes have taken on a sleeker, more high-tech appearance.

In 2019, the e-cigarette and vape industry was valued at $12.41 billion. Researchers anticipate that it will grow at a CAGR of 23.8% between 2020 and 2027. This projected growth is due in large part to the continually improving battery life of these devices, which allows consumers to use their vapes for longer without charging them. A wider variety of e-liquid flavors also makes vapes and e-cigarettes more appealing to many people. Additionally, these products are more cost effective than traditional cigarettes.

Types of Products/Components

There are several types of vapes available, but they are comprised of many or all of the following components:

  • E-liquids
  • Cartridges
  • Atomizers
  • Drip Tips
  • Batteries
  • Cartomizers
  • Tank Systems

The three major types of e-cigarettes include disposable, rechargeable, and modular.


Disposable e-cigarettes are the first generation of these ENDS. They are very similar in appearance to traditional cigarettes.


Data shows that of the three ENDS available, rechargeable vapes generated the highest sales in 2019. These devices are typically pen-shaped and don’t resemble a traditional cigarette. They are more affordable than disposable e-cigarettes. Their cartridges can be switched out, so they can last longer.


Also occasionally referred to as mods, these devices are refillable and modern in appearance, with little resemblance to traditional cigarettes. Modular vapes feature replaceable components, and they are more customizable than the other options. The user has a greater amount of control over both the amount of vapor expelled and the amount of flavoring within the vapor. Due to this versatility, researchers project that modular vapes will be the fastest growing segment of the three main types of ENDS.

Industry Challenges

ENDS are subject to ongoing issues regarding both safety and regulation. Data indicates that long-term use of e-cigarettes may increase the risk of asthma, bronchitis, phlegm, and chronic coughing. Researchers require more long term studies to gain a better understanding of the health consequences of ENDS use, but until then the industry must be aware of certain restrictions.

The FDA currently regulates a significant amount of the vape industry, from manufacture to distribution. It also limits certain types of e-liquid flavors, such as mint and candy to reduce any e-cigarette appeal to minors. Regulations require all tobacco products to bear a warning statement regarding the addictive nature of nicotine, and cannabis products are illegal or restricted in several states.

The Role of Cartridge Filling Systems

Although manual cartridge filling may be functional for low volume production, cartridge filling systems can save significant amounts of time and money. These systems—which can fill up to 2,000 1/2 gram cartridges per hour—can uniformly fill each cartridge to the correct level.

By automating the cartridge filling process, manufacturers can increase both speed and accuracy to meet the rising demand for these products. This increase in efficiency and precision results in a greater ROI over time.

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