Lively and in-depth discussions of city news, politics, science, entertainment, the arts, and more.
Hosted by Larry Mantle
Airs Weekdays 10 am - 12 pm

First dip ever in e-cig sales raises question: is this just a fad?




PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

Listen to story

07:17
Download this story 3MB

E-cigarette sales have declined for the first time in a five-year-period of steady growth. This news comes in the mists of Reynolds American Inc. agreeing to sell its popular Blu e-cig brand to rival tobacco company Imperial Tobacco Group. The sales of e-cigs rose 1.7% in 2013-- which equals out to $1.7 billion -- but saw a 2.9% decline in May 2014 compared to last year. What does this mean for the e-cigarette business? Does this number indicate the e-cig is just another fad? Or are we seeing a new type of nicotine user emerge?

Guest:

Matt Richtel, reporter for the New York Times has been writing about big tobacco and the e-cigarette market