Under the background of consumers’ increasing health awareness and the development of harm reducing tobacco industry, the scale of China's e-cigarette users is expanding year by year. In 2019, the market size was 78.6 billion yuan, an increase of 26.6% compared with 2018. As the data of iiMedia Research showed, 40% of the respondents did not form the habit of using e-cigarettes, and nearly 30% of the e-cigarette users were only in an attitude of trying to buy e-cigarettes at a low price, indicating that the penetration rate of China's e-cigarette market is still low and a stable consumer group has not been formed yet . Therefore, there is a certain development space in the industry. However, with the online regulatory ban, the online sales channels of e-cigarettes have been blocked. In order to expand the market, businesses have to turn to offline layout. Due to the unclear trend of relevant national policies and the competitive pressure from state-owned enterprises, the prospect of China's e-cigarette industry is not clear in the future, but it is expected to become a good development opportunity for enterprises to open up the international market through product export in the future.
There is a general need for cessation in tobacco consumption and harm reduction which is the core demand of tobacco evolution. Foreign mainstream health organizations have conducted an evaluation of e-cigarettes for several years, and it is generally believed that the harm of e-cigarettes is much less than that of traditional tobacco. Global retail sales of e-cigarettes grew from $26.8 billion in 2018 to $45.3 billion in 2020. From 2017 to 2021, the compound growth rate of the domestic sales market in China's e-cigarette industry will be 37.9%, and the year-on-year growth rate in 2022 is expected to be 76.0%, and the market size will reach 25.52 billion yuan. It is estimated that the potential market size of China's solid e-cigarettes will be about 53.1 billion yuan - 88.5 billion yuan in 2025, and the potential market size of atomized e-cigarettes will be about 39.6 billion yuan - 79.2 billion yuan. In 2021, the direct employment of China's e-cigarette industry was about 1.5 million, driving about 4 million indirect employment, a total of about 5.5 million. Major countries and regions around the world, Europe, the United States, Japan and South Korea have issued clear policy guidelines and regulatory measures for e-cigarettes. The development experience of the global e-cigarette industry has reference significance for the development of China's industrial standards, and China will further integrate the steady development of the e-cigarette industry into the track of legalization and standardization.
iiMedia Research（艾媒咨询）数据显示，2017年，电子烟成为卷烟、烟丝、雪茄之后销售额第四的烟草品类，吸引PMI、雷诺烟草等巨头布局电子烟产业。在中国市场方面，iiMedia Research（艾媒咨询）数据显示，2017年中国烟草消费量占全球44%，而电子烟消费规模仅占全球的5%但消费规模已达40.1亿元，这一巨大的利润市场吸引了中国传统烟草企业、互联网企业、新媒体KOL等共同开拓电子烟市场。截至2019年3月，中国电子烟用户呈现年轻化、男性化趋势，他们更关注电子烟的口感（67.4%）、青睐充电型电子烟（54.4%）、偏好国产电子烟（59.6%）。但是，传统烟草的高额利税、市场监管逐渐趋严、网民对电子烟的整体负面认知可能在一定时期内阻碍电子烟的发展。
According to data from iiMedia Research, in 2017, e-cigarettes became the fourth-largest tobacco category after cigarettes, shredded tobacco and cigars, attracting giants such as PMI and Renault Tobacco to lay out the e-cigarette industry. In the Chinese market, iiMedia Research (Ai Media Consulting) data show that in 2017 China's tobacco consumption accounted for 44% of the world, while e-cigarette consumption only accounted for 5% of the world's consumption but the consumption scale has reached 4.01 billion yuan, a huge The profit market has attracted Chinese traditional tobacco companies, Internet companies, and new media KOL to jointly develop the e-cigarette market. As of March 2019, Chinese e-cigarette users showed a trend of younger and more masculine. They paid more attention to the taste of e-cigarettes (67.4%), favored charging e-cigarettes (54.4%), and preferred domestic e-cigarettes (59.6%). However, the high profits and taxes of traditional tobacco, market regulation gradually become stricter, and the overall negative perception of e-cigarettes by netizens may hinder the development of e-cigarettes in a certain period of time.