The founder of vaping is technically considered to be Joseph Robison, as he was the first person to develop and patent the idea of a butane ignition vaporizer. However, it is widely recognized that Herbert Gilbert was the one that created the true blueprint for vaporizers in 1963, and he is the one that established what would become the device standards. Vaporizers were developed more throughout the 1980’s by revolutionaries such as Phil Ray, but unfortunately, the tobacco industry had a firm foothold with the FDA at this time, and businesses would be unable to release the first “e-cigs” until the late 90’s/ early 2000’s.
The year, 2003, marked the big break-through of vaporizers into the world market place with the creation of the Ruyan (RY4) vaporizer by Chinese inventor, Hon Lik. The Beijing native, Mr. Lik was the first to suggest vaping as an alternative to smoking; it caused quite a debate when he explained that his invention was in direct response to his father’s death from lung cancer. The RY4
later rose to prominence when it was introduced in Europe in 2006, and that same year, the United States finally loosened its reigns and allowed vaporizers to finally be introduced to its citizens.
By the year 2007, portable dry herbal vaporizers, desktop units, and vape pens began to catch fire in the marketplace. The demand for these smoke-free devices led to the rise of a variety of competitors and further improved upon units. In the United States, people were growing more and more health conscious every year and this led to the piqued interest in vaporizers, and people strongly desiring to quit smoking while still reaping the health benefits of cannabis use. Sadly, the FDA continued its futile quest to stifle the growth of the vaporizer industry by seizing imported products from China in 2009 and issuing public warnings not to vape.
Luckily, the vaporizer companies hit back and were able to win at the federal court level, which upheld that the FDA could not illegally seize vaporizers and ban them from the public. From 2009 to 2011, the vaporizer industry continued to grow unchecked and researchers were able to confirm interesting findings. One such promising fact is vaping creates 450 times less toxic substances than traditional smoking, and is significantly less harmful for anyone exposed to the second hand vapor. Regardless of the benefits noted, the FDA continued to push forward with their agenda of minimizing vape usage and in 2011, they announced that vaporized would be regulated as “tobacco products”. As of 2016, they are currently actively regulating vaporizer products, but fortunately, these devices remain legal and available to the public.
In conclusion, the vaporizer industry has developed significantly since the idea first popped up in 1927. Through the years, the devices have continued to be modified and enhanced for the ultimate user experience, and for the betterment of the public’s health. Vaping is expected to continue to significantly rise in popularity over the next decades, as people make the lifestyle change from smoking to vaping, and thereby improving their health and longevity. The FDA has issued some regulations but has finally acknowledged the obvious truth that vaping is better than smoking. The world can expect to see great new devices, improved health, and cannabis user satisfaction all due to the rise of vaporizers.