In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the demand for alternatives to traditional tobacco smoking. Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) are handheld battery-operated devices that atomise a liquid solution known as E-liquid, producing an aerosol that is inhaled by the user. E-Liquid is commonly made from a combination of Propylene Glycol, Glycerine, Flavourings and Nicotine. As ENDS and related products are relatively new to the market, research into implications of their use is ongoing, and regulations are being regularly updated by national regulatory bodies including the FDA and the MHRA.
In recent years, some of the larger Tobacco companies have begun releasing other alternatives to traditional smoking known as Next Generation Products (NGPs). One example is Phillip Morris International’s IQOS, a heat-not-burn device that, as the name suggests, heats rather than burns tobacco.
The ENDS market has also seen recent intersection with another growing industry, with some companies beginning to produce E-liquids that contain CBD.
As the industry is still in it’s relatively early stages, and research is ongoing, there are a wide variety of opportunities in production, regulation and research. Chemists, Toxicologists and Engineers are all called for in the ENDS industry, with excellent opportunities for progression as the market continues to expand. A career in this industry will equip you with a range of transferable skills and knowledge that can be utilised in other industries such as Food and Drink, Pharmaceutical and Chemical.
If you would like to discuss your career options in the E-liquid and ENDS industry, please contact one of our consultants.