The history of vaping

Vaping is all the rage these days and we see more and more smokers making the switch. But do you know where it all started?

Interestingly, we can track it back to ancient times. The ancient Egyptians used hot stones to vape herbs and oils as far back as the 5th century B.C. These ancient vape practices were no doubt the inspiration to modern vaping.

Herbert A. Gilbert
Herbert A. Gilbert

E-cigarettes aren’t anything new either. Joseph Robinson came up with the idea in 1927 and Herbert A. Gilbert came up with the “smokeless non-tobacco cigarette” in 1963. Although Robinson had the idea in 1927, Gilbert is said to have come up with the idea of vaping and patented his invention in 1965. Despite this, vaping and e-cigarettes only started gaining popularity in the late 90s when it was marketed for more commercial use. Even so, it still wasn’t hugely popular.

The first modern e-cigarette was manufactured by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik in the early-2000s, who was inspired by the death of his father due to lung cancer. His employer assisted him to introduce e-cigarettes to the world, starting with Europe. It appeared for the first time in the US in 2007 and have since become wildly popular not only in the States, but globally.

There seems to be a bright future for vaping. The different flavours make it an enjoyable experience and users can choose between nicotine and nicotine-free varieties. There are also a lot of research that shows that vaping is a successful tool to help smokers quit and embrace a healthier lifestyle. Studies also show how vaping can prevent millions of pre-mature deaths relating to smoking.

Different countries have different legislation when it comes to e-cigarettes and we are keeping a close eye on this. Fact is, e-cigarettes shouldn’t be regarded as the same as cigarettes.