A budding Preston entrepreneur is hoping to light up the vaping industry with a stylish new take on electronic cigarettes.
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) final year product design student Jason Chambers has created the Egent, which combines a vintage smoking pipe design with the modern technology which has seen electronic smoking soar in popularity.
Former Runshaw College student Jason, 20, wanted to provide the more discerning customer with an alternative option to the devices which have overtaken sales of nicotine replacements such as patches and chewing gums.
His work has been on display as part of UCLan’s annual degree show which showcases the final year work of students from architecture, design, fashion and art courses.
"One of the main things I enjoyed about the course was the freedom to be creative, it was all down to me and it was important to motivate myself to produce great work."
Jason said: “I used to be a smoker, but decided to quit and began using e-cigarettes which are far healthier. Despite some concerns about side effects, from extensive research I haven't found much evidence to support that.
“But I soon realised there wasn't much variety on the market, even though there are plenty of e-cigarette shops on the high street, I found a lot of the products to be the same and I thought it would be great to continue encouraging more people to stop smoking if there was something a bit more stylish and bespoke out there.
“I'm a firm believer in getting what you pay for, and I think it's absolutely worth paying that little bit more for a quality product. It would be great to take my concept further and see the Egent go into production.”
Upon graduating UCLan in July, Jason hopes to secure a teaching job in the art and design industry, and credits the University and its tutors for giving him complete creative freedom.
“One of the main things I enjoyed about the course was the freedom to be creative, it was all down to me and it was important to motivate myself to produce great work.”