#1. The First Ever Vaper
In 1963 Herbert A. Gilbert patented a device described as “a smokeless non-tobacco cigarette”. The device heated a nicotine liquid and produced vapour. He was approached by various businesses that were interested in manufacturing the device, but it never happened and this first electronic cigarette disappeared from public record in 1967.
#2. Most Dedicated Vaper Award Goes To…
A Continental Airlines flight in Oregon had to be diverted back to its airport of origin after a passenger refused to stop using his electronic cigarette. He had to be detained by fellow passengers and later pled guilty to charges of interfering with a flight crew.
#3. Say Bye Bye Cigarettes
Sales of electronic cigarettes doubled in America last year reaching over $1bn for the first time. Analysts now predict that they will overtake tobacco cigarette sales within a decade.
#4. Big Pharma Dictates E-Cig Policy
More than half of the advisory panel to the MHRA who took the decision to regulate e-cigs as medicines are paid by pharmaceutical companies who sell nicotine replacement therapies. The Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee to the FDA also have several members that receive monetary incentive from pharmaceutical companies who manufacture smoking cessation products it is alleged.
#5. Hell’s Bells, Irony Blows
Every single multinational tobacco company has invested into electronic cigarettes in some shape or form.
#6. Nicotine? What Nicotine?
The University of East London conducted a study on the effects of electronic cigarettes to reduce the cravings of regular cigarette smokers. It showed no significant differences between a group of smokers who were using e-liquid containing nicotine and another group who used a placebo (e-liquid containing no nicotine). They concluded that e-cigarettes could be effective at reducing cravings but that the nicotine did not appear to be an important factor.
#7. I’ll Be Back (For My E-Cig)
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Governor of California vetoed a bill that would of otherwise imposed regulation on the sale of e-cigs. He was quoted as saying “if adults want to purchase and consume these products with an understanding of the associated health risks, they should be able to do so.”
#8. If You Think We’ve Got It Bad…
Selling or possessing electronic cigarettes containing nicotine in Hong Kong could lead to a HK$100,000 fine and/or 2 year prison sentence. Selling or distributing e-cigarettes or e-liquid in Malaysia is punishable by up to 2 years of jail time.
#9. Why We Need E-Cigs
The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts:
“Over the course of the 21st century, tobacco use could kill a billion people or more unless urgent action is taken.”
#10. How I Wrote This Top 10 List 30% Faster
Nicotine has been shown to lower aggression levels and improve concentration according to several studies recently conducted. One study reported an increase of cognitive function of up to 30% and a reduction of aggression in stressful situations.
So there you have it. The top ten list of e-cig facts you probably didn’t need to know. If you enjoyed this article please leave a comment below. What other interesting facts about e-cigarettes do you know?