How was vaping invented?
When Hon Lik’s father died of lung cancer 2001, the Shenyang-based pharmacist believed that he could do more to prevent more deaths that resulted from smoking cigarettes. He recognised that many smokers did not necessarily enjoy the habit, but rather continued to smoke as a result of a strong chemical and habitual addiction that allowed them to relax during stressful situations. Lik believed that the available anti-smoking aids such as nicotine patches and chewing gum were relatively ineffective, providing small amounts of relief from the chemical addiction. However, they failed to compensate for the habitual act of using a cigarette and therefore missed the ‘hit’ that many smokers enjoyed. So, in this sense, the answer to ‘what is vaping?’ is that it’s similar to smoking, but much less harmful.
How does vaping work?
In 2003, Lik invented a prototype electronic cigarette using atomization to vaporize a liquid mixed with nicotine and flavouring (referred to as e-liquid), to allow smokers to continue the feeling of smoking a real cigarette – but without many of the dangerous effects associated with traditional smoking. Over the last 13 years, there have been many different designs and approaches to the production of e-cigarettes, but most devices today involve a battery-powered heating element to evaporate the e-liquid into a breathable vapour.
How personalised is the experience?
What is vaping to different people? Varied types of e-liquid offer a range of experiences for users, with differing levels of nicotine to help gradually reduce dependence to the chemical. Meanwhile, diverse flavours help make the vaping experience more pleasant. The composition of e-liquid also varies based on the experience the user wishes to enjoy, with propylene glycol-based e-liquids providing a more enjoyable ‘hit’, while vegetable glycerine-based e-liquids provide a lesser hit, but with larger plumes of vapour, which has even led to official competitions between vapers who are able to perform complex patterns in the air through exhaling.
What is the future of vaping?
With their increased popularity, and calls for e-cigarettes to be used as smoking cessation devices as part of national health-care schemes across the world, the future of vaping appears to be quite robust. With constantly improving technology and better designs being released each year, the devices become safe with each generation, and while there will always be a degree of fear-mongering from those who oppose the devices for their own reasons, the fact remains that e-cigarettes are the safest and most effective way to reduce the consumption of traditional cigarettes.
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