For what seems like an eternity, folks have been using tobacco as a medicine, to relieve stress, and even just to be social. The earliest “cigarettes” date back to the 9th century in the form of reeds and smoking tubes found in Mexico and Central America. The Mayans and Aztecs later adopted the practice of smoking for religious purposes. Cigarettes and Cigars were the most popular method of smoking in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central/South America until modern times.
By the 18th century, cigarettes made their way over to France, and North America soon-after. The French word “cigarette” was adopted by English-speaking countries in the 1840s. The first machine for making cigarettes was patented in 1847 by a Mexican gentleman named Juan Nepomuceno Adorno. Cigarette production increased substantially in the 1880s thanks to a new rendition of a cigarette-producing device invented by James Albert Bonsack. Upon the invention of Bonsack’s new machine, cigarette companies went from producing around 40,000 cigarettes per day to approximately 4 million.
It wasn’t until some 200 years ago that healthcare professionals discovered the negative health impacts that smoking dried tobacco can have on the human body. In the 1800s, doctors started seeing fairly frequent cases of lip cancer. Not long after, reports of lung cancer started becoming apparent, and by the 1920s there were nearly 1000 reported cases. Ever since then, inventors and healthcare professionals have been searching for a healthier alternative to cigarettes.
The goal was simple, create a device that would make inhaling vapors convenient and would mitigate the risk of being burned. In 1927, Joseph Robinson developed what was likely the very first electronic vaporizer citing that it was developed for “medicinal compounds”. In 1963, a man by the name of Herbert Gilbert invented what was aptly named the “Smokeless Non-Tobacco Cigarette”. Several other attempts were made to produce E-cigarettes throughout the years including some experiments performed by Jed Rose at UCLA in the 1980s. Rose, who invented the first nicotine patch, was experimenting with something he called “distilled smoke”. Rose was quoted as saying that his E-cigarette was “a bit too far ahead of its time”.
Fast forward to the year 2000, Dale Earnhardt Sr. won his 76th and final NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway, Linkin Park had just released their hit album “Hybrid Theory”, the first resident crew entered the International Space Station, the last reactor at Chernobyl Nuclear was shut down for good, and Storz & Bickel released what is still one of the best herbal desktop vaporizers on the market, The Volcano. The Daily Beast referred to The Volcano as “how rich people smoke pot”.
In 2003, a Chinese pharmacist named Hon Lik invented the first conventional E-cigarette. Hon Lik was a heavy smoker, going through as many as 3 packs a day, and was inspired to create a healthier alternative after the passing of his father, who died of lung cancer. Lik said, “I believed that if I could use vapor to simulate cigarette smoke, this could help me”. Sometime around 2006, modern vaping was introduced in Europe and quickly spread overseas to North America. This new trend was puzzling and concerning to world health authorities. Dr. Ala Alwan, Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization’s Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Cluster was quoted as saying "The electronic cigarette is not a proven nicotine replacement therapy”. The WHO also released a statement saying “Indeed, as far as WHO is aware, no rigorous, peer-reviewed studies have been conducted showing that the electronic cigarette is a safe and effective nicotine replacement therapy.”
Tobacco companies starting purchasing E-cigarette brands and developing their very own E-cig products as early as 2012. At this time, the market was ruled by independent companies. In 2013, the Financial Times estimated that the E-cigarette market was worth 3 billion dollars. In 2012-13 there was a noticeable trend of tobacco companies investing heavily into the electronic cigarette industry.
Not long after the invention of the first conventional E-cig ,Mr. Vapor exploded onto the scene in 2014 with its first line of flavorful and extremely portable devices. Today, the Mr. Vapor Glow is Mr. Vapor’s best-selling disposable E-cigarette. Featuring 12 phenomenal flavors, and approximately 650 puffs (3mL) per device at a 5% nicotine content, the Mr. Vapor Glow has proven itself worthy among its competitors.
While 650 puffs may not seem like much compared to the massive capacities of modern E-cigs, the Mr. Vapor Glow has still managed to find its way into the hearts of vapers and ex-smokers alike. To put this into context, one pack of cigarettes delivers approximately 200 puffs; and out of 50 of some of the most popular devices on the market, the average number of puffs per device is 775.
By 2018, companies like British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International, Imperial Tobacco, and Philip Morris International all had their own leading E-cigarette brands and started expanding into the global market. Altria also bought a minority stake in JUUL Labs that same year. It was estimated by Euromonitor International that the electronic cigarette market had quadrupled in value from 2013 to 2019, skyrocketing from less than $5 billion to $20 billion.
Ironically, it seems that most folks aren’t entirely sure about proper disposal methods for disposable E-cigarettes. Most of the components in disposable E-cigs like the Mr. Vapor Glow are recyclable. The biggest concern is the battery contained in these devices, which can negatively affect the environment if thrown into a landfill. To easily dispose of these devices, you can simply bring them to your local electronics/hardware store’s old battery bin for processing. While we must advise against it, vapers who are technically inclined and environmentally conscious may find it more sustainable to disassemble the components of their devices to sort themselves; this poses serious risks if the proper safety precautions are not taken, but lessens the probability of “E-waste” finding its way into landfills.
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