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posted: 8/12/2020 at 6:27:49 AM ET
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The e-cig market is estimated to top $44 billion by 2023, so it’s not surprising that so many major corporations are becoming heavily invested in this booming sector. As the e-cig train rolls on we take a look back at how and why they came about and all the turning points in the e-cigs relatively short history.

Older than you think
The first reference to an electronic cigarette dates all the way back to 1927. Joseph Robinson filed, and was granted, a patent for a primitive electronic cigarette. Robinson never took the invention beyond this point. It’s also not known if he ever built a working prototype for his patent.

The next recorded attempt came in the 1960s when Herbert A. Gilbert created the first device that closely resembles the modern e-cig. However, despite creating successful prototypes, Gilmore failed to turn it into a commercial success. In the late 70s Phil Ray launched the first commercialised e-cig. It became available in major retailers, but proved to be unreliable so failed to gain any real traction. Despite its failure, this period saw the introduction of the term ‘Vape’ and was also the first real period of research into nicotine delivery.

Several attempts to patent a new nicotine delivery system were made during the 90s. They were largely unsuccessful, with only a few resembling modern-day devices. Individual inventors and major tobacco companies seemed to be pre-empting the growth of the market, but all failed to get ahead of the curve.

The modern e-cig explosion
A pharmacist in China created the first successfully commercial e-cigarette. Hon Lik, 52, reportedly created the device after his father passed away from lung cancer. Seeing the potential in Hon Lik’s device, the company he worked for developed it further. The company even changed its name to Ruyan, which translates to ‘like smoke’.

The device proved a commercial success in Asia, and in 2006, this early e-cig became available in Europe and the US. Despite the success of e-cigs in the western markets, some countries have still struggled to classify them. In Turkey it is illegal to sell them in stores, but legal to purchase them online, and this is largely due to the legal status of e-cigs still being unclear.

The first real breakthrough in favour of the e-cig came in October 2008, when Health New Zealand concluded that toxins and carcinogens present were below harmful levels, rating them as 100 to 1000 times less dangerous than conventional cigarettes.

However, this research didn’t stop Australia banning electronic cigarettes in 2009. The reason stated was that any nicotine product that isn’t a cigarette or a replacement therapy is classified as a poison. This was closely followed by a similar ban in Jordan, where the Ministry of Health cited World Health Organisation concerns.

A flurry of government activity banning e-cigs followed. Campaigners and scientists attacked the bans, with the president of the American Council on Science and Health, Dr. Elizabeth Whelan, calling them, ‘Distorted, incomplete and misleading.’ CASAA in the US and ASH in the UK both come out in support of the products, while Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill to ban the sale of e-cigs in California.

Legal battles about the regulation or banning of e-cigs rumble on throughout 2010. Meanwhile, in October 2010, the first VapeFest was held in the UK. In June of the following year, the first Vapestock was held in Clearwater Beach, FL.

Up to the present day
Many legal battles and challenges are still ongoing in courts around the world as governments try to get to grips with how to classify e-cigs and decide if and how they should be regulated. While politicians, campaigners, and corporations squabble about the details, e-cigs have continued to grow in popularity and their effectiveness as an aid in smoking cessation is becoming better documented with every additional study performed.

The long drawn out battles will end up defeating those trying to curtail e-cigs, as the claims of anti e-cig powers are looking increasingly ridiculous in light of new research. The economic growth in the sector, and the support of an ever-increasing number of consumers, is also making the market a much more formidable opponent for regulators with unsubstantiated grievances.

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posted: 8/17/2020 at 1:37:00 AM ET
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I tried a lot of different vape devices, but never seriously thought about the history of an e-cig and especially about different generations of vape goods, thanks for the nice post and please keep on sharing (at the moment I am all into portable vaporizer ).


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