It all goes back to 1963, when a man named Herbert A. Gilbert patented the idea for a device that would allow users to smoke electronically. Great idea, at the wrong time however, because no action was taken beyond this patent. Fast forward to the future, 50 years later, at least Mr. Gilbert gets a nod for having come up with the idea! In the 1960′s, the world wasn’t really in tune with the idea of a smoke-free smoking device. Everyone smoked and there was no negative connotation. You could smoke almost anywhere and no one thought anything of it. There was no talk about health or diseases that stem back to cigarette smoking.
With smoking creating it’s own little epidemic, the general attitudes towards cigarettes, by comparison, today are nothing like the accepted norm of the ’60′s. Sensing the need for world wide change, a Chinese pharmacist and smoker by the name of Han Lik is credited as the modern inventor of the e-cigarette. In 2003, after Lik’s father passed away from lung cancer, he created the prototype for what has become a worldwide phenomenon: the e-cigarette. With backing from the company he worked for, it was only a short time before these products were available to te public, and China embraced them from the start. Hence, e-cigs were born.
Over the next few years, these e-cigs began to spread worldwide, with people in Europe and America quick to hop on this trend. Seriously, come on; nicotine from a device that mimics a cigarette, used in the same way, gives you the same feeling without the smoke and tar? What smoker wouldn’t jump on that? The benefits of e-cigarettes are so widespread and most smokers who use them are thrilled to have them. There is nothing like being able to smoke in public again, that’s for sure!
Anti-tobacco movements have been on the prowl for the past 25 years, and cigarette smoking has come to an all time low. While it hasn’t been a clear cut path for the entire e-cigarette industry, and there have certainly been obstacles presented by legalities and the FDA, one way or another, vapor cigarettes are here to stay.