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The Invention of the Modern Vape

Published Date:
December 20, 2022

When Were Vapes Invented?

The modern vape pen was invented in 2003 by a Chinese pharmacist named Hon Lik. However, the idea of inhaling vaporized liquid dates back centuries. Early versions of the vape were created in the 1960s and 1970s, but they were large, inefficient, and sometimes ended with an explosion. After many iterations and innovations, vapes quickly gained popularity in China and then spread to Europe and North America. Today, vapes are one of the most popular smoking tools available.

Invention of the First "Smokeless Non-Tobacco Cigarette"

Herbert Gilbert's invention of the first e-cigarette in 1963 was a revolutionary moment in history. His creation of an alternative to traditional cigarettes had unprecedented implications, offering people safer and less harmful methods of smoking. The creative idea behind e-cigarettes not only offered smokers a healthier option but also eliminated secondhand smoke, thus protecting those around them from its dangerous fumes.

Hon Lik's invention was much smaller than the early, clunky prototypes. His device used a piezoelectric ultrasound-emitting element to create vapor from a liquid mixture of propylene glycol, glycerin, nicotine, and flavorings. Lik’s invention is the first prototype of the 510 thread cartridge we know and love today.

The subsequent development of e-cigarettes has resulted in the growing need for industry regulations, ultimately making smoking and its related activities safer overall. It is through Mr. Gilbert's and Hon Lik’s initial ingenuity that e-cigarettes and vaporizers are now widely available and accepted by society as a viable alternative to traditional cigarettes.

E-cigarettes Introduced to the US Market

E-cigarettes have made a strong presence on the US market since their introduction in 2007. Companies have been scrambling to take advantage of this new product, and the industry is booming - projections for the next few years point toward more growth for e-cigarettes.

Many startups are looking to enter this up and coming market place. Companies, like ELFBAR, are making their mark by introducing innovative products designed to appeal to a wide array of users. It is an exciting time for e-cigarette manufacturers, as they continue to push the boundaries of what is possible within this field.

Rise of Vaping Popularity, for Both Nicotine and Cannabis

In recent years, vaping has skyrocketed in popularity among adults all around the world. Nicotine vapes now come in both reusable and disposable options, along with a variety of shapes, flavors, and nicotine levels. These offer an alternative to traditional cigarettes for regular users.

Vapes on the US market

Vaping in the cannabis community has grown in popularity as well. Like nicotine vapes, weed pens can be reusable or disposable vapes. Through the advancement of technology, wax pens and dab pens no longer require users to load the extracts themselves. Instead, consumers can buy concentrates and oils that come in cartridges, with the most popular type being a 510 thread cartridge. These cartridges fit with any 510 thread battery sold by a number of brands, making it easy for cannabis consumers.

Concerns About Vaping

Health experts have expressed concerns over vaping nicotine, particularly pertaining to addiction and the potential exposure to hazardous chemicals. Vaping should not be underestimated as a method of nicotine delivery because research suggests that it too can lead to addiction and may be associated with other risks. Furthermore, according to studies, users may be exposed to harmful chemicals when they vape and even second-hand exposures can potentially occur. Taking all of this into account, it is wise to educate oneself on the potential risks involved with vaping nicotine before considering it as an alternative.

Avoid metal leaching with ceramic cartridges

Vaping cannabis has its own concerns as well, as most cartridges are made from metal alloys. In recent years, labs have reported finding traces of heavy metals in the concentrates and oils within the cartridges. In order to avoid metal leaching, companies began to look at ceramics as a viable material for cartridge hardware. High quality ceramic cartridges, like the Zirco™ by S10 Labs, remove the worry over heavy metal leaching for both manufacturers and consumers alike.

Is Vaping a Safer Alternative?

Is vaping a safe alternative to cigarettes

While there is still some debate over whether vaping is a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes, many believe that it is a much safer way to consume nicotine. Vaping does not involve the combustion of tobacco, which is known to be carcinogenic. Moreover, vaping has been around for several decades and has already proven its efficacy when used as a smoking cessation aid for people who are attempting to quit cigarettes. With its flavors and lack of many of the byproducts associated with the burning of tobacco, vaping can provide users with an enjoyable and (relatively) safe nicotine experience.

Modern Vaping and Hardware Innovations

Herbert Gilbert's invention of the e-cigarette in 1963 was a groundbreaking moment in history, and since their introduction to the US market, they have continued to grow in popularity. However, as vaping has become more popular, some health experts have raised concerns about potential risks associated with it.

It is important that we, as an industry, continue to research and develop hardware solutions to ensure the next generation of vapers have access to the safest and healthiest options.

If you're looking to learn more about the latest innovation in vaporizer hardware, be sure to check out S10 Labs’ medical-grade zirconia ceramic 510 thread cartridges.

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