The History and the future
The world of vaping has come a long way since it’s first invention around 2001, the e-cigarette. The history of this technology is full of twists and turns, trials and tribulations that eventually led to where we are today. This blog post will cover the history of vaping and how it has evolved over time as well as what the future holds for this industry.
Who is the man behind the first electronic non-smoking device?
One man started with a self made vape device in 2001, a Chinese pharmacist by the name of Hon Lik invented the very first device. Hon’s invention helped him quit smoking, but he didn’t originally set out to create vaping devices or e-cigarettes; his goal was just to find an alternative that could help smokers quit.
Hon later filed patents on his invention in China, the United States and the European Union based on his 2003 priority application in China.
Unfortunately, in 2007, there were health concerns about vaping coming from America and other parts of Europe due to unsubstantiated rumours like “e-cigs cause emphysema.”
The Success and Troubles through the years
His e cig design enjoyed huge success in the Chinese market and soon began to filter into other countries, with the first ones being introduced in the UK in 2005.
In 2007, the US allowed the importation of e-cigarettes into the US market but banned vaping in some public spaces and introduced a tax on vaping products.
By 2009, more states had enacted regulations prohibiting the sale of vaping devices to minors and began regulating where they could be used or sold as well as introducing taxes for vaping products. In 2010 there were talks about regulation being implemented globally due to safety concerns such as leaking e-liquids which contain nicotine.
By 2011 many countries had ratified an international tobacco control treaty known as The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). This was done with the goal of eventually having all countries regulate e-cigarettes the same way that regular cigarettes are regulated – by legislation, taxation, advertising bans etc…
In 2013 Australia became the first country to pass laws requiring childproof packaging.
In 2015, it became illegal to buy or sell vaping liquid that contains nicotine for use elsewhere than inside an electronic cigarette device. The EU voted on a new Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) with provisions including banning advertising of vaping devices which are not regulated as medicines until they have been approved and restricting their sale to adults only (minimum age 18 years).
A proposed ban against vaping liquids containing more than 20 mg/ml of nicotine was also being considered by some European countries following reports that high doses could make users dependent on nicotine even if using them intermittently.
Vape popularity and growth
Vapings popularity grew, vape manufacturers developed larger vape pens and vaping devices, and vaping became a multi-billion industry.
Vape pens have also become popular in the vaping community because they can be used with vaping liquid that contains nicotine to help people stop smoking tobacco cigarettes.
E-liquids and what they contain
Vaping liquids are made of propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG) and food flavorings. The PG is heated up by an electronic atomizer which turns it into vapour so users can inhale them through mouthpieces on vape pens or from e-cigarette tanks on mod vaping devices without burning any chemicals produced during combustion. Vapours exhaled after vaping do not contain carcinogens contained in smoke released by tobacco products when burnt.
The vape industry in today's World
The vaping scene today accounts for around 6% of the UK’s adult population, vaping is significantly less addictive than smoking and vaping liquids are available in a variety of nicotine strengths.
People use vaping to help them stop or reduce their intake of tobacco, as well as for enjoyment. The vaping scene according to gov.uk 2021 evidence report accounts for around six per cent of the UK’s adult population with vaping being markedly less addictive than smoking, and not having any adverse effects on bystanders unlike cigarette smoke which has been shown to have detrimental health impacts.
Vaping liquids are also now available in a wide range of flavours such as custard creams, Mixed Fruit, apple cake and Menthol based liquid so that users can find ones they enjoy while still quitting cigarettes; research shows that people who like what they’re vaping will be more likely to stick to it!
The future of vaping
The future of vaping in the UK is set to grow with even more demand, with many vape manufactures still creating new devices with better technology, new vaping liquids and flavours to satisfy every vaper.
Vaping has an interesting history and a bright future. Vaping technology continues to improve, and creative vape makers like Aspire, Innokin and Lost Vape continue refining their products. There is a lot of enjoyment ahead.
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