The Most Notable Events in Vaping History
Every industry has its unique events and a historical timeline, the vaping industry is no exception. Many people believe the e-cigarette is an invention of the modern age, but as a matter of fact it has evolved over the years. Presented here are the most significant events that have shaped the vaping industry over the years.
1930: The First Documented Reference to E-Cigarette
The first documented reference to an E-Cigarette was the patent given to Joseph Robinson in 1930. The patent was originally filed in 1927. Since the device was never commercialized, not many people know about this device. Vaping enthusiasts, however, believe it to be the first concrete step towards the making of modern day vaporizer.
1963: The First Smokeless Cigarette
The concept of vaping had been working underground for a little over half a decade before Herbert A. Gilbert went on to get the credit for the creation of the first vaping device that closely looked like the present day e-cigarette. Having filed a report in 1963, the inventor received a patent in 1965 which contained absolutely no nicotine and replaced tobacco and paper with vapor.
Although Gilbert’s patent expired without his innovation, his invention prepared the ground for the production of present-day electronic cigarettes.
1979: The Creation of the First Commercialized Variation on the E-Cigarette
A computer technologist, Phil Ray partnered with his personal physician, Norman Jacobson to produce the first commercialized variation of electronic cigarette. Actually, the device was not electronic but relied on the evaporation of nicotine. It didn’t get much recognition because it was faulty and not a sustaining technology for nicotine delivery. These inventors, however, contributed to the “vaping” language.
1990 – 2000: The Emergence of Industry Players
In the early 1990s through early 2000s, many patents for the creation of nicotine inhaler devices by individual inventors and even some big tobacco companies were filed. Most of these patents were based on evaporation, with a few of them resembling the present day e-cigarettes.
However, products which resemble the present day e-cigs helped the industry move towards commercialization during the later years.
2003: The Present-Day E-Cigarette Developed
What became the first commercially successful e-cig was created in Beijing, China by Hon Lik, a pharmacist, inventor, and ex-smoker. He created the device after his father’s death of lung cancer – no surprise the reason was smoking. His device worked on the principle of vaporizing the liquids through the heat generated by the electric current produced by batteries.
Following the success achieved in production by Hon’s device, e-cigs entered Europe and the United States in April 2006 and August 2006 respectively.
2008: Mixed Reception from Different Quarters
E-cigs received a mixed reception from different parts of the world. The sale of e-cigarettes was suspended in Turkey as they were considered as harmful as the regular cigarettes. The World Health Organization (WHO) asserted that e-cig is not a legitimate smoking cessation aid and therefore demanded that marketers remove from their materials any such claims. In the United States, FDA has been trying to treat e-cigs just like tobacco cigarettes.
On the other hand, scientific researches have shown that e-cigs are a lot safer than tobacco cigarettes, mainly because they don’t contain any tobacco, tar, or several cancerous agents. On top of that, several e-juices allow you to choose from different strengths of nicotine, which can help in gradually quitting or at least minimizing nicotine intake.
While most concerns and fears propagated against electronic cigarettes are based on theory, the researches and studies suggest otherwise. For example, the most popular study published by Public Health England(PHE) claims that e-cigs are at least 95% safer than tobacco cigarettes.
2009: Ban in Public Places
Several countries totally banned the use of e-cigs in public places and made regulations so that they are treated like tobacco cigarettes. Australia placed a ban on the possession and sale of e-cigs which contained nicotine. As if that was not enough, the ministry of health in Jordan totally banned the import.
The United States through the FDA is trying to implement very strict regulations on electronic cigarettes. On the flip, some establishments including the British government seem to have a soft corner for the modern vapor cigarettes. These countries see the potential of e-cigs as a way of smoking harm reduction.
2014: “Vape” Declared Word of the Year
The Oxford dictionaries named “Vape” word of the year on November 18th, 2014; which is eleven years after Hon Lik’s endeavor. Interestingly, the use of the word surged more than double since 2003.
2016: FDA Published Deeming Rules
On May 10th, 2016; the FDA published their deeming rule which requires all manufacturers, importers, retailers, and distributors alike to comply with specific laws regarding vaping.
The biggest concern for the vaping industry was that any product introduced after February 15, 2007 will have to comply with very stringent rules, which will cost ginormous amount of money. As a result, most of the small companies will have no other choice but to shut down their businesses. This might well open a door of opportunity for the big tobacco companies to manipulate the vaping arena.
The Future is Bright…
In conclusion, these events have had a significant impact on the present-day vaping experience. Science has yet to figure out the long-term impacts of vaping on the human body, however, whatever evidence we have is highly in favor of e-cigs, especially when compared with tobacco cigarettes.
The vaping industry has come a long way, despite several massive roadblocks. New, improved devices and vape juices are introduced more frequently than ever before, with the main goal of making vaping as safe as possible. It still has a long way to go, with many more amazing innovations lined up for future.