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The History of Electronic Cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes are quite the current craze. They offer convenience, they are cost effective, not to mention offering the same pleasures as traditional cigarettes but with half the health risks (and then some). But did you know that they aren’t a modern invention? In fact, the story of the e-cig goes back a lot farther than you’d think!

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The Swingin’ 60s…

Believe it or not, the electronic cigarette is over 60 years old!

Back in 1963 Herbert. A Gilbert filed a patent for his idea of the first electronic cigarette device. Well aware of the hazards of tobacco, Mr Gilbert was well ahead of his time.  Unfortunately, the idea was a bit out of place in the 60s, with cigarettes common place amid the commoners. At the office, classrooms, even airplanes – smoking was not considered anything but a past time of the healthy and happy. The market just simply wasn’t ready, not to mention the lacking in technology.

There just was not a market for a healthier alternative to cigarettes, and the technology was also lacking.

Fast forward a few years/decades…

Fast forward to 2003, and the electronic cigarette was brought back to the forefront once more.

A Chinese pharmacist and smoker, Han Lik, tragically lost his father to lung cancer, and set forth to develop the electronic cigarette. Taking his grief and turning it into

Seeing a way to transform his tragedy, he looked for a way that enabled smokers to have nicotine through inhalation without the smoke and tobacco (and the many thousands of chemicals that are part of the production of cigarettes). His employers supported him fully and provided backing, allowing Lik’s dreams to become a reality. The company assumed the name “Ruyan” meaning “like smoke” – and hit the Chinese market with a bang.

The electronic cigarette had landed.

A short stroll over to 2007…

Han Lik and Ruyan’s success spread, and soon electronic cigarettes were embraced across Europe, and soon hit the American market taking the country by storm. With the World Health Organisation deciding to become the first major international organisation to publicly give them the big thumbs up, the market picked up even more speed.

Studies and statistics said a big Y-E-S to the e-cigarette; with more and more jumping on the electronic train, tests time and time again showed the positive health effects the switch the new devices would make for the masses.

A hop, skip and jump to 2009…

Early 2009 things started to go a little sour for the electronic cigarette. Australia and Canada were quick to ban the highly successful device, and the US prohibited shipments entering the country. The industry was quick to fight back, with firm belief in their products leading their way to victory and the creation of the Electronic Cigarette Association – ensuring that all future legislation involving or regarding electronic cigarettes would be honest, just, and based on facts.

Despite the victory, the marketers of the electronic cigarette still faced an uphill ride – with US States still attempting bans and blocking production.  As a result, the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association was created as a support group for the industry, promoting honest research and education about the value of electronic cigarettes as legitimate alternatives to tobacco cigarettes.

A key part of their mission has been to voice against untrue claims the FDA has previously made (and continued to make). They contensted that since the FDA has allowed traditional cigarettes to be sold on account of the billions of dollars they bring in, yet are proven to kill, how much power should they really hold when it comes to determining the fate of products meant to help smokers enjoy nicotine without the negatives associated with smoke? This statement remains key to their work even today.

Present day and still making history…

60 years on, millions of people are fans of Gilberts little idea way back when. Lik’s legacy lives on with the countless lives he has saved – and continued to save with the electronic cigarette. Sold throughout the world – however the politics play out – it is safe to say that the electronic cigarette is here to stay. They have stood the test of time, and are more popular than ever. It seems that smokers really do want viable alternatives to the traditional cigarette – and we couldn’t agree more!

So what are you waiting for? Check out our starter kits today and be part of history in the making.


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