When we first got the idea to start a vape shop a lot of things were up in the air. Did we want a lounge or small boutique storefront? Were we going to cater to the experienced, or those new to vaping? We weren’t sure, but one thing we were sure of was that we didn’t want to get lost in the shuffle of all the other vape shops. We wanted a name that stood out, a name that meant something to us.
The Black Dog is a reoccurring motif throughout history, from European folklore of hellish hounds, to more modern tales and urban legends of spectral omens. The term â€śblack dogâ€ť has even been used as a euphemism for depression. Often feared and frequently misunderstood, real black dogs became a sort of archetypal object of fear and awe that endures even still today. (Statistically, black dogs, especially larger ones, tend to be relinquished to animal shelters more, and are harder to find homes for than their light colored counter parts.)
So, aside from it just sounding cool, we chose the name â€śBlack Dog Vapesâ€ť because we felt that vaping, much like the black dog, was also misunderstood and in jeopardy of being stigmatized out of fear, ignorance, and negative associations. Our goal as a company is to not only provide our customers with a positive experience, but to also promote vaping itself in a positive way by helping to clear up misconceptions and provide accurate information.
While Hon Lik is often credited with the invention of the electronic cigarette 2003, there were other incarnations of a â€śvapor producingâ€ť â€ścigarette-like devices much earlier than that.
1901 -Parisian pharmacist Henry Ferre invents a â€śtubular inhalerâ€ť that held 2 inner receptacles. One receptacle was to hold cotton that was to be saturated with weak hydrochloric acid, while the other receptacle was to hold â€śan aqueous solution of carbonate of ammonia to which polyatomic alcohol is addedâ€ť. Upon inhalation, the 2 vapors would â€ścombine to form ammonia hydroehloratc(?) in the form of a neutral and inoffensive white vapor, giving the illusion of smokeâ€ť. It’s intended use? A toy cigar for children.
1909 â€“ Ignazio Bucceri comes up with an idea to produce an inexpensive inhaler made to look like a cigar which would contain chemicals that would create a vapor with the color of tobacco smoke and have â€śa very agreeable tasteâ€ť, utilizing menthol or â€śsome highly flavored fluid, such as extract of peppermint or any other extract which would give the desired flavor to the inhaled vaporsâ€ť.
1951- Henry Pardeman invents an inhaler shaped like a cigarette that was â€śmade to deceive the sensesâ€ť so that a smokers â€śhabitual craving for a burning cigarette is deceived into accepting my inhaler as a satisfactory substituteâ€ť.
1955 Otto Lobl created a tubular mouth inhaler simulating a smoking device to serve as a means helping smokers overcome or curb the cigarette smoking habit.
1956- Frank Bartolomeo invents a smoking device that requires no combustion that can be used in places where smoking was deemed hazardous or because â€śconditions forbid the showing of light as at night in time of warâ€ť. It was designed to hold a capsule that would hold all â€śthe aroma and flavor volatiles of tobaccoâ€ť.
1963- Herbert A Gilbert presents his invention for a â€śsmokeless non tobacco cigaretteâ€ť that provided a safe and harmless means for smoking by replacing the burning of paper wrapped tobacco with heated, moist, air that could be flavored with chemicals. The device, quite similar to the electronic cigarettes or personal vaporizers of today, ran off a battery that could be changed out when spent, had a heating element/coil, and held a removable flavor cartridge that could be changed out with different flavors. Â