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Back in 1963, a man named Herbert A. Gilbert had a vision of a healthier, more environmentally friendly cigarette for smokers. He created a device that was completely different to the usual smoking method of burning tobacco wrapped in paper to inhale the fumes...he called it the electronic cigarette! Never could he have known that his device would be so important to the health and lives of so many smokers more than 40 years later, because although it was a simple and ineffective method of heating flavoured water, it was the beginning of a fantastic journey through many similar devices that would eventually lead us to the modern day e cigarette kit!
A Chinese medical doctor and pharmacist named Hon Lik, took Mr Gilberts idea and dramatically improved it, making it more portable and adding nicotine into the flavoured water mix along with other chemicals such as Propelyn Glycol and Glycerine (E Liquid). He made a device that incorporated three parts that fit together to form an e cigarette. The three parts included an atomizing device, an E Liquid storage area and a battery to power it all, but this device had problems, the more relevant being that the cartridge where the E Liquid was stored would often ware and begin to leak the nicotine solution into the e cigarette battery, leaving the user with a mouthful of E juice and a broken device (you can still find these e cigarette versions today but they are rarely used and only found in cheap stores).
Hon Lik's company, Ruyan, formerly Golden Dragon Holdings, knew that for all its problems, their version of the e cigarette was going to be big business. Other companies and e cig manufacturers began making their own versions of electronic cigarettes and soon a device was made which saw the atomizing device and E liquid cartridge join together into one disposable device called a cartomizer. This solved the leaking problem in most cases. Time has passed, innovation has progressed and we now see many different versions based on the cartomizer, such as clearomizer, tankomizer, etc...
The electronic cigarettes you see now have saved many lives and improved the health of millions of smokers around the planet. The biggest tobacco companies in the world have also started to make the move to ecigarettes. They know that the old tobacco burning method is all but doomed as smokers the world over make the switch to these healthier, more cost effective devices. The electronic cigarette revolution is here...smoking will never be the same again!
“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” Orwell, 1984 I love George Orwell. I loved George Orwell from the moment I read my first novel by him at school. It was the allegorical tome Animal Farm and it taught me more about the politics of politics than all my ensuing years of experience; if anything, they simply reinforced the ideas expounded in his tale. Vapers, ecig users, people who enjoy a cigalike – however you care to describe yourself – all recognise that the impending E.U. legislation regarding electronic cigarettes is grounded in an absence of good science. Regardless of the good science being carried out by the likes of Dr. Farsalinos (this week witnessed the release...
Fully aware of the irony of this being an information piece, it baffles me that so many online hours are spent doing nothing but bickering and having individuals express nothing more than unsubstantiated opinion. In physics, when matter collides with anti-matter it brings about their mutual annihilation and the release of a large quantity of energy. When internet opinion meets anti-opinion they too cancel each other out, releasing energy to the amusement of onlookers.
Why do we concern ourselves with such things here? Because "we" have an argument to win. The current media reporting paradigm is that e cigarettes are a bad thing and somehow we have to change that so that we can have different media coverage, positive coverage.
Step forward Doctor Kamerow, an associate editor with the world’s oldest medical magazine, the BMJ.He aptly penned an article for publication on April 1st, it was called “The poisonous juice in e cigarettes”. In it he foresees only three possible scenarios for electronic cigarettes. Firstly as a quitting aid and secondly for someone to use in places where they were not allowed to smoke. This is a bad thing apparently.
Researched and written by Dave Cross The New Scientist is a British magazine of high repute. Oddly, given that scientists earn considerably less than commensurate professions it is also one of the dearest on the news stands (unless you are a student). I was given a subscription as a present many years ago and found the level of journalism to be of the highest standard and I remain good friends with an ex-editor. Considering the recent spate of positive news stories within it regarding vaping it is a shame that they have printed an “interview” with Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England and chief scientific advisor for the Department of Health. Under the headline “Don't let vaping, obesity...