Vaping Production Standards Have Come a Long Way
We all remember when we bought our first vaping setup. Many of us embraced vaping when it first came out, when mods were much simpler devices, and the e-liquid market was still pretty small. Since then, as we all know, the industry has evolved to phenomenal heights, offering more advanced, safe, and high-quality products than ever before.
A lot of the vape industry’s evolution has been the direct result of self-regulation and increasing standards among the manufacturers of vaping goods. This industry has been under scrutiny since day one and has had to fight in order to prove its legitimacy. This piece will take a closer look at the many ways in which vaping production standards have changed over the last decade and change.
The Early Days of the Vaping Industry
Those who have been vaping for over a decade remember well the first vape products to hit the market, which were extremely simple e-cigarettes that operated at low wattages and often produced disappointing amounts of vapor. Shortly after their introduction came the first mod devices and bottled e-liquids, followed by more advanced hardware that consisted of multiple components, and could be customized to meet vapers’ individual demands. Meanwhile, the e-liquid market grew at a stunning pace, as more and more companies popped up with unique lines of flavors.
Fighting for Legitimacy
Since its beginning, the vaping industry had to prove its legitimacy to the general public. We all remember how many people didn’t trust those first e-liquids and mods, and we also remember the myths floating around about these products being highly dangerous.
It took a long time for health organizations to even acknowledge vaping, and so the market was enormously unregulated for a long time, which meant that products hitting the market did not adhere to strict standards regarding safety, reliability and overall quality. This ended up hurting the industry, and so it led to enormous efforts to self-regulate in order to prove its worth to consumers.
Making Hardware Safe and Reliable
Remember the days when everyone was concerned about exploding vaping devices? The good news is that these instances were few and far between and tended to be the result of people modifying their hardware without any real understanding of what they were doing. Still, vaping hardware has evolved dramatically in recent years. We all know how high-tech mods, tanks, coils, and other gear have become. This is largely due to the evolution of chipset technology, which is essentially the computer that’s inside of a mod, which acts as the control panel and relies on intelligent technology to ensure that devices work in a reliable way. Chipset technology has also advanced to offer a wide range of smart safety features which protect the user by relying on automatic functions to ensure that these small technological devices operate properly and don’t malfunction, or even worse, combust.
Now, safety features have become a standard in hardware products. From the most technologically complex mods to the most simplistic e-cigarettes, functions exist that do everything from prevent overcharging to force a cutoff time while taking a hit. These features work together to ensure that vaping hardware is as safe to operate as possible, even by beginners.
High Standards for E-Liquids
E-liquids have been subjected to the strictest production standards, which is undeniably a good thing. Once upon a time, you could put just about anything in a vape juice formula and sell it on the market. Now, the industry regulates itself with a series of codes and restrictions.
It’s actually quite staggering when you think about the number of standards that vape juice companies adhere to. Premium e-liquid companies must use pharmaceutical grade or food grade nicotine, VG and PG, as rated by the USP, and must be transparent about the flavoring ingredients that they use as well. Further, e-liquids must be produced in ISO cleanrooms, and must adhere to regulations put forth by various governing bodies.
Further, AEMSA has developed as an organization committed to instilling universal standards throughout the e-liquid industry, by partnering with vape juice companies in order to maintain consistent standards throughout the market. This self-regulating organization makes e-liquids even more legitimate, by overseeing every element of the manufacturing process to ensure that companies are creating their products with the highest standards possible. All of these regulations come together to build trust between e-juice companies and consumers.