Many users of electronic cigarettes are unaware that the vapor ecigarette was invented in China back in the year 2000. That's right, the eCig is well over a decade old. For unknown reasons it was not until approx 2006 that vape models started appearing here in the United States of America.
Speculation is that due to the restrictive nature of the FDA, Federal Drug Administration, not many ecigarette manufacturers and their respective retailers considered the American marketplace a viable avenue. With Asia's population and high percentage of smokers there was little reason to deal with all of the regulation here in the USA, even Europe started seeing ecigarette products for sale even before the U.S. market.
The first major retailer in the U.S. marketplace was Smoking Everywhere. The retailer was based online and in mall kiosk's starting in Florida and the company grew fast, Njoy also became another large contender in the first years of eCig sales within the United States. Blu Cigs was the first large scale internet based retailer and during this time had an interesting concept. They focused on internet SEO and affiliate programs while offering product at unheard of discount bargan prices. The only draw back was a up to a twelve week wait from purchase to delivery. It is unknown if this was due to customer order demand and stock on hand or whether the product was not even ordered until the customers order was placed.
Credit should be given to Njoy and Smoking Everywhere as they flipped the legal bills to fight the FDA's import ban which was imposed in 2009. The FDA lost in Federal Court with Judge Leon ruling that eCigs was a tobacco product and that he did not view e-Cigarettes as a pharmaceutical product. The FDA which also oversee's and regulates tobacco products announced they would implement deeming regulation on eCigarette products. Njoy succeeded and came out intact however Smoking Everywhere did not fair so well with the financial hardship of such a large court battle.
In 2012 Lorillard bought privately held Blu e-Cigarettes for 135 million dollars, The Blue Cigs had about $30 million in revenues in 2011. In 2012 Blu Cigs Brand sold in more than 13,000 retail outlets, including Walgreens and Sheetz. BluCigs major competitors in 2012 where dozens of other start-up brands, including NJOY, 21st Century and Xhale02, that sold in stores and online.
Lorillard Tobacco Company is an American tobacco company marketing cigarettes under the brand names Newport, Maverick, Old Gold, Kent, True, Satin, and Max. Lorillard was the first American based tobacco company to purchase a privately held eCigarette company. Currently every major American based tobacco company has either entered the electronic cigarette market-place or made public statements that they are developing eCig products for future sale.
American small business has seen a great deal of growth with both online and brick and mortar stores offering vapor products. One of the most notable advantages of vapor eCigarettes entering the U.S. market was the evolution of eCig models and the quality and variety of refill nicotine liquid also called smoke juice and eJuice oil. Surprisingly a great deal of the improvements came from thinkers and tinkers who collaborated on ECF a electronic Cigarette Forum. The Chinese Manufacturers took notice and implemented many of these designs and improvements. Below is a brief overview of the most popular eCigarette models and where they stand in today's vapor product marketplace.
Size is similar to a large pen and is the original size offered, often referred to as the 901 model, This model is a three piece unit which includes a refillable plastic cartridge, a heating element called an atomizer and a lithium-ion battery. These models have a short battery life and limited liquid storage capabilities requiring refilling often by the user. Currently this model is rarely sold in the U.S. marketplace.
Mini 510 Series
The 510 model offers a workhorse of a heating element and is a well received improvement over previous models such as the DSE901. They have a short battery life and limited liquid storage requiring refilling often by the user. Currently this model is sold in the U.S. marketplace and remains popular for users seeking a small sized eCig model.
Mini 801 Series
Smaller than a pen but larger than a traditional cigarette the 801 models were introduced as a a two piece model with the cartridge and atomizer sealed into one piece which are named cartomizers. The cartomizer offered users a longer timeframe between refills however refilling of cartomizers is much more time consuming. In many cases the model is offered as a disposable unit or with a user purchasing sealed prefilled disposable cartridges but using the same eCig battery and charger. The 801 style is still a popular model being sold nationwide. They have a short battery life and the vapor and flavor quality varies greatly which is dependent on manufacturer standards of quality.
Due to the small size of this unit the vapor output is very limited and the battery life is extremely short. Currently this model is the most popular in the U.S. marketplace with some of the top retailers offering the M series with a user purchasing sealed prefilled disposable cartridges, vapor and flavor quality varies greatly which is dependent on manufacturer standards of quality.
Ego Series with an Atomizer Heating Element
The atomizer of this model is a 510 series but the battery was the major change improving the life span between recharges by nearly 300%. This atomizer system model is estimated as one of the largest global sellers in 2010 and 2011. This version is still being offered nationwide and is still a favorite for dedicated eCig users.
The atomizer of this model has a small pointed tip that pierces the tank cartridge which allows for more liquid being stored and evenly fed to the atomizer. All previous e-Cigarettes with atomizer systems had fiber filled cartridges which kept the liquid in place until converted into vapor. These models are still being offered nationwide and is still a favorite for dedicated eCig users.
These models are two piece systems, the clearomizer will always have a clear viewing window or a clear housing so you can view the level of eLiquid. The clearomizer holds both the eLiquid smoke juice and the heating element which in a clearomizer is called a coil, clearomizers exchange the liquid in a slightly different way than a atomizer resulting in a slight difference between the two designs.
Clearomizer units is one of the fastest selling series due to its easy of use, battery life, vapor output and price point. Due to the popularity of this series the quality varies greatly which is dependent on manufacturer standards of quality.
Variable Voltage VV/VW "MODs" Series
Mechanical MOD's Series
Mechanical Mod Series allows users to build their own heating elements and use them on mechanical operating mod units. This allows the users to configure every aspect of a eCig device including overloading the unit to the level of failure and lithium-ion run away scenario's which are very dangerous.
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WARNING: Electronic Cigarette's contains nicotine, a poisonous and addictive substance. Electronic Cigarette products and accessories are only intended for committed smokers of legal smoking age and not by non-smokers, children, women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. If you experience any side effects or possible side effects, stop using the product immediately and consult a physician. Product may be poisonous if orally ingested. Electronic Cigarette’s are not a smoking cessation product and has not been tested or guaranteed as such.
This product should be viewed as a recreational product and / or a modified risk tobacco product and has not been approved by the FDA