As early as 4000 BC for tobacco and 5000 BC for cannabis, smoking becomes a part of every culture. Little did smokers know that they have just created a spark to today's evolution in an impressive array of the most sought-after smoking essentials. Traditionally, tobacco was chewed and snuffed. On the other hand, aromatic spices and herbs were used as incense or smoked openly like what was accounted by Herodotus in Ancient Greece from about 400 BC. The fact is vaporizing was already practised by our ancestors in Egypt around the 5th century B.C, and Herodotus describes people at that time heating oils and herbs on hot stones to vape. The so-called "The Father of History", Cicero, also acknowledged the ancient origins of this favourite pastime today. For over 1500 years ago, the first shisha was invented by Irfan Shiekh of Afghanistan which was also introduced in India. These are cool oriental smoking devices which are now part of the e-fashion. Let's get to know more about the evolution of vapes today!

History Tells All

The Scythians took hemp-seed and threw it upon the red-hot stones. Once smoked, it gives off a vapour pretty much like that of a vapour-bath found in Greece. They enjoy it and even howl with pleasure. The first pipe was called 'chillum' which are primitive cone-like designs that were first confirmed in 483 BC. Historians believe that they even existed earlier than the said timeline. It was credited to India's ancient monks which is preserved by some Buddhists in a tradition up until today. The pipes were made of wood, stone, clay, ivory, and glass in the modern age.

Cigars emerged in the 900s, which is defined as tightly wound bundles of tobaccos. The Mayans set the trend with the use of palm and plantain leaves which is found with string. Cigars evolved into reusable “glass blunts” and “Magars”. On the 1500s, rich folks invented the first water pipes made of precious metals and fine glass. Commoners, on the other hand, made water pipes out of coconut shell bases and bamboo tubes. In 1560, Jean Nicot, the French explorer, introduced tobacco in the high society of France for its therapeutic effects. Nicotine was named after Nicotiana, who was the ambassador at that time who owns a tobacco plant. On the 1600s, long stem pipes were invented that evolved into different handheld devices over centuries. One remarkable long pipe is the Dutch Gouda pipes made of clay and Kiseru’s silhouette of Japan, known today as “Sherlock”. Rolling papers came to existence in 1660 and the first commercial rolled cigarette was introduced in the 1860s, which boomed into pre-rolled tobacco cigarettes in the 1920s. Percolators made their entrance through coffee-making in 1810.

Based on historical data, Herbert A. Gilbert also has a contribution in the vapes we enjoy today, with his invention patented in 1965. However, only a few knew about his “smokeless non-tobacco cigarette” that could have possibly saved many lives since his discovery. In the 1980s, Normal Jacobson and Phil Ray also worked on the idea of e-cigarette commercialization. However, the FDA in the 1990s did not allow tobacco companies to launch e-cigarettes on the market. Vaping was very popular in Europe in the 1990s because the first cannabis vaporizer was invented by “Eagle” Bill Amato.

The Modern E-Cig Inventor

Vape pens which are used to vaporize oil and wax concentrates are very demanding nowadays, but few people actually know Hon Lik who is the Chinese inventor of the first electronic device or e-cigarette. His main reason for inventing vape is to quit smoking. Hon Lik used to smoke two packs of cigarettes daily. He tried several methods just to quit smoking such as nicotine patch that failed to mimic the nicotine rush or cigarette and gave him nightmares when missed to take off at night. Since he was a chemist working with an interest in electronics, he tried to emulate the smoke effect without combustion. Fortunately, he had a good supply of pure nicotine on the lab he worked at which was used in calibrating products. He tried ways to vaporize pure nicotine such as using ultrasound and later on, a heating element.

The first machine Hon Lik developed was huge. He filed a patent on a more practical and smaller model in 2003, and he knew right there and then that it will be a revolutionary product. In fact, vape pens are considered the 'fifth invention' after paper and printing, gunpowder, and navigation. He worked on making the device smaller or miniature, continually refining nicotine vaporizing mechanism. His intention was to resolve a social problem because based on his experience, quitting smoking is really a difficult journey without any alternative. His product went on sale after 8 months of toxicology testing by the Chinese Military’s medical institute and Pharmaceutical Authority in Liaoning.

Today, millions of smokers in the United Kingdom have quit smoking by using e-cigarettes. At least another million smokers have cut down, and what's more surprising is that the number is rapidly growing worldwide. It is now the most popular strategy for quitting tobacco. Using vaping devices means less respiratory problems, lung cancer, and heart disease, as well as a fire risk and stinky clothing.

Peek Inside the Modern Vape Pens Today

In the United States, the first e-cig was introduced in 2017 which became a huge hit and trending device. Many investors gambled in the vape industry which was starting at that time and eventually made a mark among consumers, creating the biggest names in the business. Also, modifications were done for vaping devices such as oil and wax pens. Vape parts, like the different types of heating elements, including ceramic, quartz, and titanium were greatly researched and improved through time. Eventually, a complete vape pen includes an atomizer, mouthpiece, tank or body, a battery, and vape components and accessories included.

A typical wax pen includes a tank, atomizer, battery, and sensors. The holder of the material is called the 'tank' is usually made of polycarbonate plastic, stainless steel, or glass, which is refillable. It also comes in a cartridge for single use. The heating element on vape pens is called atomizers. The fancy version is called cartomizers or clearomizers. It converts the liquid or material to tiny airborne droplets or vapour. It normally is called an atomizer if it is used for dabbing oil on a heating element. It is called a cartomizer if the atomizer is surrounded by a synthetic material in order to keep oil saturation. Furthermore, a heating element may be called a clearomizer if the oil is dropped from a separate tank using a silica wick onto the atomizer. You can swap the wick with steel mesh, cotton, or other premium-grade materials.

The sensors and available software make vaping digital! Some brands of vape pens turn on automatically when the vaper inhales through it. Other vapes have a push-button used to toggle the heating element. These methods use built-in sensors to capture whether the vaper is pushing the button or inhaling. The embedded software controls the different vape pen parts. When it comes to the battery, it should provide enough power for the tiny heater. Today, vape pens are equipped with rechargeable lithium batteries with high-energy-density. Vape parts have truly evolved from traditional or ancient materials like stones, clay, and wood, to modern glass and stainless steel, like the ones used on premium wax pens like Dr Dabber Vaporizers. Dr Dabber Parts are unique and use only high-quality materials. Read more about Dr Dabber

Final Thoughts

Wax pens and vaping as a whole have evolved tremendously from ancient herb heating wood, stone, and clay pipes to advanced digital technologies applied. Who could have imagined that there's a solution or great alternative to tobacco or herb smoking without the harmful effects of combustion? Now, you know why wax vapes are so amazing.