Only those who have literally had their head in the sand for the last few years will not have heard of (or know a fair few) vapers. Designed to offer an alternative to the costly and health-damaging cigarettes of old, those who have now made the switch to vaping are leading a revolution that most people assume is a very recent event. However, the industry has actually been growing at an unprecedented rate for a whole decade and it looks set to positively flourish in the future. Surprised? From evolution to revolution, let us take you on a journey through the history of vaping.
Luckily we don’t need to go back as far as Darwin and his dinosaurs, so we’ll start 90 years ago with a gentleman called Joseph Robinson. In 1927, his patent application suggested his device was intended for medicinal use and sadly never destined to be produced, but as a close relation of today’s e-cigarettes, we believe he should be credited with being the pioneer.
The idea seemed destined to be forgotten until Herbert A. Gilbert submitted, and was later granted, the first e-cigarette-based patent over 35 years later in 1963. His “smokeless non-tobacco cigarette” featured heated and flavored liquid that was delivered, minus the nicotine, through a gadget that bears a striking resemblance to today’s early vaping machines. However, with tobacco smoking a socially acceptable if not encouraged activity, Gilbert’s device was also never to see the light of day.
Jumping forward to the new Millenia, attitudes towards smoking were changing, and it was Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist and part-time medical researcher, who made the first commercially available e-cigarette in 2003. Having lost his father to lung cancer, his dream of creating a smokeless cigarette replacement become a reality that has no doubt saved many from sharing the fate of his father.
We now turn our attention to Umer and Tariq Sheikh, two brothers from the UK, who in 2006 created the cartomizer. Combining the atomizer and flavor cartridge in one piece meant that e-cigarettes could be sold a single, disposable unit, and the revelation meant that a viable, stylish and cost-effective cigarette alternative was ready to change the world of smoking.
Since 2006, seemingly in the blink of an eye, we have moved from cig-a-likes – which removed some of the stigmas of early e-cigs – to egos pens, which supplied larger tanks and therefore offered a longer-lasting experience. · Mod systems, which allow the user to customise or “modify” their experience in terms of temperature and charging options followed in quick pursuit, although their bulky appearance was an issue for more savvy consumers.
Most recent in this evolutionary process has been the introduction of pod mod vape systems, such as our Perl vaping system and complementary Perl vape pods. A natural next step, and seen as the future of vaping, the refillable pod mod system allows users to change flavors in seconds – whether to suit a change in mood, situation or simply whim – meeting and anticipating the requirements of the modern vaper.
As it stands today, the vaping industry will continue to evolve and change, offering vapers more and more choices. To get the most from your vaping experience, both now and in the future, and it’s simply a matter of accepting the evolution and being part of it.