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The history of vaping

A man named Herbert Gilbert officially patented a "smokeless, non tobacco cigarette" way back in 1965. He envisioned his design as a device that simulated smoking a cigarette. Unfortunately for Gilbert, he never commercially pursued marketing the e-cigarette, so not a lot happened until 2003.

Who knows what might have happened if Herbert Gilbert had have pursued his dream of a simulated cigarette. Surely, the evolving landscape of vaping would be vastly different.

In 2003, Hon Lik, a pharmacist from Beijing, invented a modern electronic cigarette device after his father died of lung cancer. He created the e-cigarette and has since been widely admired by all vapers as the one who made it all possible.

In 2004, the first e-cigarette was created. The original device was instead based on atomization, which vaporizes liquids through the heating produced by the electricity of the battery, rather than battery-powered heating element that most vape devices use today.

Hon Lik sees the e-cig as "digital camera taking over from the analogue camera." He is now allegedly working on an e-hookah.

By 2006, the devices were available outside of  China.  Vaping hit the western world in a big way.  In the last decade, many different types of devices have been created, from slimline, small devices like the V-Pack II to box mods like the Vibe.

From this, many subcultures have developed, communities have formed and the market has been revolutionised.


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