In Poland, many fickle vapers seek their bargains at auction

Poland mist 300x180 - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of PolandLow brand loyalty, low tobacco prices and the popularity of online auctions are among the factors keeping down the value of the Polish e-cigarette sector, but it remains one of Europe’s larger markets.

New research from ECigIntelligence suggests that between 500,000 and 1m Poles are e-cigarette consumers, with the domestic market worth about €100m-150m ($133m-200m) annually. Exports, including those from Chinese manufacturers which have set up plants in Poland, add to that.

Prices of e-cigarettes in Poland are lower than in many major markets, in part because of limited brand loyalty, cheap tobacco cigarettes, and the popularity of eBay-style Internet auctions – used by as many as 30% of Polish vapers.

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    The market is dominated by refillable tanks and e-liquid, accounting for 80-90% of sales, although adoption of cigalikes is increasing.

    What This Means: Despite its population of nearly 40m, Poland is likely to remain a relatively low-value e-cig market compared with western European counterparts because of generally cheaper prices and limited purchasing power. But our analysis suggests that it is still one with room for growth; and with few users committed to a particular brand, there is plenty of scope for newcomers to the market.

    – Barnaby Page ECigIntelligence staff

    photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland

    Barnaby Page

    Editorial director
    Before joining ECigIntelligence in early 2014 as one of its first employees, Barnaby had a 30-year career as a reporter and editor for newspapers, magazines and online services, working in Canada, the US and the Middle East as well as his current British location. He has edited publications covering fields including technology and the advertising industry, and was launch editor of the first large daily online news service in the British regional media. Barnaby also writes on classical music and film for a number of publications. Barnaby manages the editorial and reporting teams and works closely with the analyst teams, to ensure that all content meets high standards of quality and relevance. He also writes for the site occasionally, mostly on science-related issues, and is a member of the Association of British Science Writers.

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