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The History of E-Cigs & Vaping

Learn the origins of the vapor cigarette, and how this smoking alternative is moving from a niche product into the mainstream

Many of you may already be enjoying vaping with your friends or perhaps are seriously considering it.  Who deserves credit for being brilliant enough to come up with this smoking alternative and what is the history behind the electronic cigarette?

Have you ever had one of those moments when you see a new product come out on the market and you say, "I had that idea years ago!"  Well, that is what a gentleman by the name of Herbert Gilbert probably thought.  In 1963, he developed something similar to the vapor cigarette.

However, back in those days, it was extremely popular and vogue to smoke.  He was aware of the tobacco hazards but most people were not.  Therefore, due to the lack of technology and support from the general public, his idea went nowhere.

Vapor Cigarettes are introduced for the first time.

In 2003, a gentleman named Hon Lik, age 52 from Beijing, China, had luck pushing the electronic cigarette idea forward.  His father, who was an aggressive smoker, died of lung cancer.  His passion for a smoking alternative gave him the desire to develop a device that he believed would offer people a smoking pleasure without the harmful effects of the traditional analog cigarette.

Hon Lik's company, Golden Dragon Holdings, changed their name to Ruyan after the invention.  This new name means "like smoke."

When were electronic cigarettes introduced into the United States?

In 2006, the electronic cigarette made its way into Europe and by 2007, they became available in the United States.

Yes, only 7 years in this country and the popularity continues to soar.

Was it an easy process or filled with controversy?

Like I stated before, anything new that may seem out of the ordinary or possibly taking the place of something that has been in existence a long time, there will be controversy.  That is exactly what happened in 2009.  Australia and Canada banned the electronic cigarette..

The vapor cigarette companies believed in their product and began looking for ways to offer their customers the products they were looking for. The Electronic Cigarette Association was created to monitor the flow of just, honest and accurate information regarding this product.

Over the years multiple studies have been done to help support electronic cigarettes.  In 2008, a study was conducted by Health New Zealand and funded by Ruyan, to look into electronic cigarettes and how consumers were using them.

In 2009, the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association was created after the state of New Jersey banned electronic cigarettes in public places. This advocacy group began to support vaping as an alternative to traditional smoking.

Over the years there has been more research, controversy and back and forth on issues between the electronic cigarette manufacturers and organizations who felt they should be banned.  However, more and more people continue to support them and have thousands of Americans now enjoy partaking in smoking electronically.

As you can see, the history of the electronic cigarette is full of a variety of events and controversy.  Generally, when you buck the status quo and something new arrives, this will happen.  Although the industry is constantly under scrutiny and regulations, there is also much support for this alternative.

If you are looking for an alternative electronic nicotine delivery option, E-cigarettes might be a viable choice for you. 


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