A Short History of Vaping Technology
Vaping technology has changed so much over the past few years. New products are being developed every day that show how far the vape industry has come in such a short amount of time. You just need to learn a little bit about the history of vaping to see how much things have changed.
The very first electronic cigarette was created in 1963 by Herbert A. Gilbert, who patented a device he described as a “smokeless non-tobacco cigarette.” In the 1960s, cigarettes were widely accepted, and people smoked nearly everywhere including classrooms, airplanes and even hospitals. Since there was no demand for a smoking alternative, Gilbert’s electronic cigarette was never commercialized.
The next ecig wasn’t developed until 40 years later. In 2003 a pharmacist named Hon Lik in China created his own. His father died of lung cancer and this inspired Hon Lik to begin working on his own e cigarette. He came up with the idea of using a piezoelectric ultrasound-emitting element to vaporise a pressurized jet of liquid containing nicotine diluted in a propylene glycol solution. He also proposed using propylene glycol to dilute nicotine and placing it in a disposable plastic cartridge which serves as a liquid reservoir and mouthpiece.
Hon Lik worked for Golden Dragon Holdings (which later changed its name to Ruyan, which translated means “resembling smoking”). In 2004, e cigs using a different design were introduced into China for smoking cessation and a smoking alternative. China continues to be the largest manufacturer of e cigs.
The first vaporizers used a three-part mechanism for heating the e-liquid. A vaping battery, atomizer, and cartridge was needed to produce the vapor. In 2006, the cartomizer was invented by British entrepreneurs Umer and Tariq Sheikh of XL Distributors.born. This combined the atomizer and cartridge, making it easier to use. The new device was launched in the UK in 2007 in their Gamucci brand and is now widely adopted by the majority of ‘cigalike’ brands.
E cigs finally gained popularity in America in 2007. New devices, vaping e liquids, products, and technologies are constantly changing and becoming easier to use. Vapor4Life was founded a year later, making it one of the first e cigarette companies in the U.S.
When international tobacco companies realized that the new electronic cigarettes could overtake their traditional cigarettes, many decided to get into the vaping industry. They didn’t want to lose the market of people who had switched from smoking to vaping. The first tobacco company to acquire a vaping company was Lorillard Inc. who bought Blu in 2012. In February 2014, Altria Group, Inc. acquired popular e cig brand Green Smoke for $110 million. Altria also markets its own e cigarette, the MarkTen, while Reynolds American has entered the vaping sector with its Vuse product. Now, Big Tobacco is finding other ways to get into the market, which is ominous, since they are the only entity who could afford the FDA’s expensive PMTA costs.
Vapor4Life is a family-run business based out of Northbrook, Illinois started by vaping enthusiast Steve Milin back in 2008 after he switched from a 40-year smoking habit and started vaping. Vapor4Life’s innovative Vapor Zeus e cig battery is the world’s only automatic 5 volt e cigarette, so it’s ideal for smokers who are just beginning to vape, and for vapers who want a convenient, easy-to-use e cigarette that gives you a great mouth-to-lung hit.
Recently, we’ve expanded our line to include herbal vaporizers and other mods, along with high-VG juices. As the history of vaping unfolds and the technology keeps changing, Vapor4Life will stay right there, providing you with the best vape products money can buy.