Vaping, Then And Now: Part 1
Vaping has become something of a modern-day phenomenon. It burst onto the scene back in the early 2000s, and has grown to become a full-fledged, mainstream habit.
And today, we are going to take a look back and talk about where vaping came from, and how it got to where it is today. It is amazing to me, as a vaping blogger, to look back on how the technology has grown. I remember when I first heard of vaping… and back then, the cutting-edge technology were those disposable cig-a-likes that you could buy at convenient stores!
And now, look at them. Modern APVs and box mods are so sophisticated that they really can’t even be compared to traditional cigarettes anymore. They have evolved into something completely unique… and in this blog post, I am going to share some of my favorite, most memorable moments about vaping, from the past, all the way to the present.
Many people don’t realize it, but vaping actually has very ancient roots. The ancient Egyptians used to use hot stones and vape herbs, and the first actual shisha was introduced in India thousands of years ago.
But… the beginning of modern vaping didn’t see first-light until 1927. Back then, a man named Joseph Robinson originally came up with the idea of the electronic cigarette, but the idea didn’t really go anywhere until Herbert Gilbert created what he called a ‘smokeless non-tobacco cigarette,’ and patented it back in 1965.
From this invention, the first modern E-cig was developed. It was created by a Chinese firm named Hon Lik, and hit the market back in the mid-early 2000s.
Vaping made its way to Europe back in 2006. After that, the habit began to explode (figuratively, of course!). Many different versions of the product were developed by different companies as the ‘race for the best vape’ was kicked off. Driven by the idea that this could provide a smoking-like experience that didn’t coat the lungs with tar or fill them with toxins, and powered by the attractive quality of a lower long-term cost than analog tobacco cigarettes, vaping quickly became a sensation in not only the UK and the US, but also in many other major countries around the world.
And of course, the fact that you could vape in basically any flavour you wanted added tons of fuel to the fire!
I remember seeing my first vape pen, back in the late 2000s. It looked just like a cigarette, and featured a small LED light on the tip in the place of what would otherwise have been fire and ash in a traditional cig. I also remember reading about mechanical mods around this time. I actually bought one of these vape pens to try out the first time I vaped… but back then, there weren’t quite as many flavour options!
Back in those days, there were also a lot of people ‘modding’ mechanical E-cig setups to try to make them more powerful. This led to some crazy problems… including battery stacking, which sometimes led to fires or even explosions.
I’m not sure if you remember, but many of these incidences gave vaping a bad name for a while. You couldn’t even Google ‘E-cigs’ or ‘Vaping’ without having headlines of exploding batteries bogging down your newsfeed.
Of course, the industry was quick to respond. As time went on, newer and better safety standards were developed. Batteries and chipsets were built to contain more and more failsafe mechanisms to keep vapers safe, and vaping really became no more dangerous than cell-phone use.
Information also became more readily available, and people were advised to stop modding their own builds unless they knew exactly what they were doing.
The Beginning Of The Mainstream Movement
I feel like it would be safe to say that mainstream vaping really started to kick off in the early 2010s. Back then, more and more people were vaping not just because it was a quality substitute for smoking, but also because it was becoming a cool thing to do all on its own.
(This story will be continued in Part 2).