Within the last few years, there has been a growing buzz over the new smoking device that has been introduced in markets worldwide called the electronic cigarette, also known as the e-cigarette. The purpose of the e-cigarette is to make smoking healthier by leaving out tobacco and other carcinogens. Instead, there’s a mechanism that heats up liquid nicotine, which turns into a vapor that smokers inhale and exhale. These devices also help smokers quit as well by allowing as much or as little nicotine as desired to be put into the cartridges. There are even cartridges that don’t contain any nicotine, for those who want the sensory experience of smoking without its effect. Each electronic cigarette is comprised of five parts: the cartridge, or mouthpiece, the heating element, the battery, the LED cover, and the vapor cap. As these e-cigarettes are becoming more popular in the markets, electronic cigarette manufacturers are customizing these devices to appeal to the masses through various colors and flavors of the liquid nicotine. The flavors range from Piña Colada and Peach Schnapps to Apple or Banana.
According to Michael Felberbaum, Associated Press at NBC News, first marketed overseas in 2002, e-cigarettes didn’t become easily available in the U.S. until late 2006. Now, the industry has grown from the thousands of users in 2006 to several million worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also found that the number of smokers who have tried e-cigarettes has doubled in just a year amid heavy marketing — from 10 percent in 2010 to about 21 percent in 2011. The numbers also doubled for former smokers. Because of these numbers, some of the nation’s largest tobacco companies have branched into the e-cigarette market.
A handful of E-Cigarette manufacturers have come to Filamatic with their need to fill e-cigarette cartridges or small bottles of nicotine liquid. Stay tuned for more information on these applications including the type of machines that we have been selling to these manufacturers in Part 2 of our blog!