Vaping attracted a lot of attention last year coupled with the number of online stores available where people can obtain vaping products, this has made a lot of people believe that vaping or the idea of vaping is a new concept but that is not entirely true. In today’s blog post you’ll learn about the history of vapes and how vapes became popular.
History of Vaping
The thought of vaping first surfaced in 1927 when a patent was filed by a man named Joseph Robinson where he made mention of a device that would use electricity to heat tobacco rather than burning it. To this moment it’s not clear whether Robinson did build such a device because it didn’t make it to the market and even if it did, it wouldn’t fare well due to the inconvenient battery technology of that time.
In 1963, Herbert Gilbert, an American filed another patent for an electric cigarette that closely resembles what we have today. He managed to build a working model but it was never produced.
E-cigarettes finally took shape when an inventor named Hon Lik (a pharmacist), in 2003, began working on a device to replace smoking and that drive stemmed from the fact that his father who lived a lifetime of consuming cigarettes had died because from lung cancer. Lik’s early design was named “e-cigar” due to its resemblance to the traditional cigarette.
How Vapes Became Popular
Lik’s “e-cigar” gave rise to a whole lot of inventions. Early vapers started tweaking their device’s using household products like power tool batteries and flashlights to produce even more powerful e-cigs capable of delivering a more consistent, bigger, and more satisfying hit. With time the tweaked devices were being referred to as mods (a term for any advanced vapour device).
The early mods were mechanical. This means that it was made of a battery and a switch that was used to control the amount of power to a user-built heating coil. One problem the early mods faced was that, if the wrong batteries were used or the coil was improperly built, they could become dangerous.
As the years go by, more inventions were being made and by 2010, the cigalike phased out and became replaced by mods and eGo-style devices that later became known as vape pens. Since there was mass-market availability of quality products, the popularity of vapes thrived. The estimated number of vapers quickly rose from 7 million in 2011 to 25 million by 2014. At that time vaping had become so popular that the Oxford learners dictionary named vape its word of the year.
As lots of people starting vaping, this caught the attention of government regulators and health advocates. A study was now carried out on vaping by Public Health England (England’s national health body) and their study showed that vaping is 95% safer than smoking. This was a widely cited study and this made vaping even more popular.
In 2016, a company named Juul launched a revamped version of the cigalike which was deemed unreliable and underpowered. Their product was small as an actual cigarette and had a design that resembled a USB flash drive. Their product also controlled how e-cigs delivered nicotine to the user. This is one breakthrough that gave vaping all the popularity and recognition it has today.
Vaping is increasingly becoming popular and the World’s Health Organisation confirms that, there has been a small but steady decrease in the estimated number of smokers globally.