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Where Did E-Cigarettes Originate?

Eversmoke-featured1Electric cigarettes are an obviously modern innovation. They encompass everything that is convenient and unique about today’s digital devices. E-cigarettes modernize, streamline and enhance all aspects of smoking and using nicotine for smokers, regardless of what their preference of device is. They have changed the way smokers experience nicotine and harness control over the process. Most smokers who have switched to vaping could not imagine going back to analog cigarettes now after experiencing what they get out of vapor cigarettes. Pretty amazing for products that have been around for just over a decade, internationally!

So here’s a look at the history of the e-cigarette. Their popularity may have only grown in the past five years however they were born of an idea that started over 50 years ago.

In 1963 a man named Herbert Gilbert patented an idea he had for an electronic smoking device. Cigarette smoke was in high demand with a huge portion of the nation’s adults smoking regularly. It was common to smoke in every public setting imaginable including libraries universities workplaces; in fact there are even images of doctors and surgeons smoking in operating rooms! With incredible foresight, Gilbert knew that this rampant cigarette smoking was going to lead to widespread illness and disease. He developed the concept, however he was way before his time because the mass public was not (yet) interested in the alternative devices because they were too busy puffing on their tobacco.

In 1983, it was predicted that in the future cigarette smoking was going to become electronic and smoke was going to be replaced with vapor. This is truly where the term vaping originated.

Electronic cigarettes fell by the wayside until the year 2003 when a pharmacist in China, Han Lik, developed a similar prototype, looking to create a product that would help smokers have an alternative to traditional tobacco use. Lik’s father had recently passed due to a lifetime of smoking that led to lung cancer, and he wanted to turn the tragedy into a positive. With the good fortune of having connections, it was no time at all before his creation was developed into a product and was reaching the Chinese public. The success was immediate, and in just a few short years the popularity of e-cigarettes spread all throughout Asia, Europe, and into the American markets.

Currently, the market is a billion dollar industry upstaging tobacco and expanding rapidly. What began as an idea to offer an alternative to tobacco has succeeded and is becoming the preferred way for smokers to enjoy nicotine.

What Makes Electronic Cigarettes a Safer Alternative?

So you know how very unhealthy and unsafe tobacco cigarettes are. In fact, you’d have to live under a rock to really not understand the magnitude. And if you have heard that electronic cigarettes are “safer,” do you know why that is? In simple terms, they produce none of the dangerous components, no combustion occurs, no smoke is emitted, no tar remains, and no carcinogens get pumped into your body when you use them. Isn’t that reason enough to give them a try?

As for the history of the electronic cigarette, they were designed to challenge traditional cigarettes. The first known incarnation of an electronic cigarette model was patented in 1963, but the public interest and the technology was lacking, so the idea was shelved. The modern version was invented by a man who saw his father die of lung cancer, and wanted to change the fate of smokers. As a smoker himself, and also a pharmacist, Han Lik of China was able to turn this vision into a global phenomenon. From the time they hit the Chinese market, they took off to immediate success. In just a few short years, Europe and North America began to take notice.

What is so different and appealing about electronic cigarettes is that they let the user enjoy an experience that is so similar to smoking, yet has none of the negative side effects. And if you know anything about cigarettes, it’s that there are an awful lot of negatives. While with e-cigs, you get modern convenience and none of the unwanted things. They are simpler to use, and still let you enjoy all the little things about cigarettes you don’t want to miss. In terms of the habit of actually smoking, having the e-cigarette in hand, having the ability to use it exactly the same way, and even being able to exhale large amounts of vapor that look and feel like smoke, you miss out on nothing. As for flavors, you can still enjoy the robust richness of tobacco in plenty of varieties, as well as numerous others if you are up for experimenting adventurously! Imagine simpler, safer, and just as enjoyable… why wouldn’t you want to grab an e-cigarette starter kit and start vaping!?

Electronic Cigarette History

Electronic cigarettes may seem like a very new product, but they have indeed, been around long enough to have a legitimate history!

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.