A Quick History Of Vaping
Contrary to what many of us believe, vaping ‘came into being’ as far back as over five decades ago (1960s to be exact). Back then it was not what it is today – but of course. Vaporizers at the time weren’t easy to carry around. They were more of a static, tabletop kind.
The big brain behind their invention was Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist who took inspiration from the death of his father.
Cause? Cancer from smoking.
He called this device a Ruyan, which loosely translated means ‘like smoke’.
The Ruyan proved to be a hit, and it slowly vaporized its way into the U.S. in the mid-2000s, and here, vaping was born.
Anatomy of a Vaporizer
The vaporizer is made up of various components.
- Battery: This is the power source and is charged through USB.
- Tube: Main console of the vaporizer
- Cartridge: Houses the e-liquid, aka e-juice.
- Atomizer: Responsible for heating up the e-liquid and creating vapor that the user inhales and exhales.
- Cartomizer: This is the cartridge and atomizer rolled into one.
- E-liquid: Also known as e-juice, this is where the action is. This is a water-based liquid infused with nicotine. It can come plain or in an array of flavors numbering in the hundreds. The e-juice comprises the following ingredients:
- Vegetable glycerine or propylene glycol
These ingredients get vaporized in the battery-powered atomizer which simulates the experience of smoking.
So…What is Vaping Like?
If you are completely new to the vape world and wondering what vaping is like, here’s another way of putting it.
The e-liquid comes packed in different nicotine strengths categorized in milligrams: ultra-light (6mg), medium (12mg), regular (18mg), and strong (24mg). There is even 0 milligrams which contains no nicotine for those who just want to vape minus the nicotine hit.
Stronger nicotine will result in a stronger throat sensation commonly known in the vaping world as a “throat hit” or “kick”. It depends on the individual user and how much nicotine they want.
Pro Tip: It’s advisable to start low, then work your way up to a zone that will take care of your nicotine demands.