Electronic cigarettes have come a long way, but many people are not aware of their history and other interesting facts about them. In fact, even the most avid vapers may not be aware of the following information on e-cigs. So if you are a vaping enthusiast and you want to know as much as possible about e-cigs, continue reading to learn more.
The History of Electronic Cigarettes: How It All Started
Even though the e-cig did not become widely available around the world until a few years ago, it turns out that its origins go back decades, way back to 1963. That was the year that Herbert A. Gilbert came up with the first concept for an e-cig. He even had his idea patented by the United States Patent Office. Despite all of this progress towards an electronic cigarette that could potentially replace harmful conventional cigarettes, though, nothing really came of it and the product was never put into mass production.
It took until the 21st century for the electronic cigarette market to really ignite and take off. But between 1963 and the 2000s, there were others who came along and registered other patents that were related to the creation of an e-cig. Despite the patents that were registered between 1978 and 1999, though, none of the products made it.
In 2000, however, things changed, thanks to Hon Lik, who was a Chinese pharmacist that came up with the idea for an e-cig that would eventually be able to go mainstream. He was able to design the technology that is used in electronic cigarettes today that allows a nicotine-containing liquid to be properly heated until it is vaporised for inhaling.
Hon Lik’s e-cig was introduced to the market in May of 2004 and it grew highly successful. In April of 2006, Europeans opened their markets to the e-cig, and the US market followed shortly after.
In 2009, a charity called Ash, which stands for Action on Smoking and Health, supported the use of e-cigs as a form of quitting cigarette smoking. This is because e-cigs can deliver nicotine without exposing the vaper to the toxins found in cigarette smoke.
In 2010, the US held its first Vapefest in March. In October of that year, Vapefest was celebrated in the UK.
How Cost-Effective are E-Cigs Compared to Cigarettes?
A smoker who goes through 20 cigarettes a day will save thousands when he or she makes the switch to electronic cigarettes.
In the first month of vaping, you will need to invest in an e-cig starter kit, 40ml of e-liquid in the flavour of your choice, and about 30 cartridge caps. But in subsequent months, you will spend even less because all you will need to get is more e-liquid to replace whatever you ran out of, as well as another set of 30 cartridge caps, and a replacement atomiser.
The Rapid Growth of a New Market
The electronic cigarette market is a new one, yet it has seen substantial growth over a short period of time. Below are some stats to prove just how well it is doing.
- The e-cig industry is growing by 50% each year in the UK.
- In the UK alone, there are more than 1 million e-cig users.
- As of 2014, the overall value of the e-cig industry in the UK was roughly £250 million.
- Not even 10 years since it was created, the global e-cig industry’s worth is estimated to be over $2 billion. This is greater than the small cigar market.
- The biggest e-cig markets are the US, Germany, and Russia.
The Science Behind the Electronic Cigarette
An e-cig contains a battery for power, as well as a cartridge that stores your e-liquid and doubles as a mouthpiece while also allowing the e-liquid to pass to the device’s atomiser and the vapour to pass from the atomiser to your mouth.
The atomiser heats the e-liquid to the right temperature in order to transform it into the vapour that you inhale. And the e-liquid, which is transformed into vapour clouds, is a solution that is flavoured and contains your preferred amount of nicotine.
Why E-Cigs are Eco-Friendly
Switching from smoking cigarettes to vaping is good for the planet. Here’s why:
- E-cigs are nearly 100% recyclable, while regular cigarettes take as long as 26 years to decompose
- 600 million trees are cut down by the cigarette industry each year, averaging one tree for every 300 cigarettes that are produced. An e-cig doesn’t contain paper products, so no trees need to be cut.
There are about 4,000 different chemicals and toxins in conventional cigarettes and the smoke they produce. These are not present in electronic cigarettes or the vapour that they produce. This results in less air pollution, as well as a healthier way to get your nicotine.