Soon after the realization that the life span of smokers is cut short due to a number of maladies, including heart diseases and lung cancer, health professionals, tobacco manufacturing companies and the governments started looking for a way to develop ‘safer’ cigarettes.
By the 1970s it had become evident that the main problem with smoking was the smoke that contains more than 6000 chemicals, of which most were harmful. The least toxic of those chemicals was Nicotine, which is largely associated with pleasure. From 1970 onwards, up till the 1980s some measures were taken to develop products to deliver nicotine in a safer manner. However the response of the general public was poor. Later, in 2003, a new product was developed by Hon Lik a Beijing based pharmacist, which would vaporize the liquid nicotine in a base propylene glycol along with pleasant flavors.
In 2004 Mr Hon started selling this device which were ‘electronic cigarettes’ under the brand name Ruyan. Later in 2005 this Mr. Hon began exporting the device. These electronic cigarettes or ‘cigalike’ pulled in much attention. A lot of people used the device to cut down their number of cigarettes while others used it to quit smoking completely.
Following the increasing demand and new competitors entering the market with new ideas, lower prices and enhanced experience, a new device was developed by Taz and Umer Sheikh in 2008. This device was promising as it was much better at delivering nicotine than other devices.
This device, also known as the ‘cartomizer’ worked by having the atomizer encompassed by polyfill that contained the E liquid and thus producing smoke. With the passage of time, new forums of people who prefer vaping surfaced, and discoveries and innovations are being made regularly.
Companies which produce and supply this product are competing fiercely to provide better products at lower costs. However, where vaping is widely considered safer than smoking, there are other concerns as well like youths who want to try vaping might end up smoking cigarettes, but that is unlikely. While interviewing youth who prefer vaping, it has become clear that the experience of vaping is quite different and causes fewer people to smoke. Nevertheless, it is important that production and use of vaping products remain legal if the vaping revolution is to continue.
It has been observed that localities in which vaping is regulated as a consumer product, innovations are being made by the producers to deliver safer and better vaping products.