We all do it. We buy and use products on a daily basis and have no idea where they’ve come from. I don’t mean geographically, but who invented them. That mp3 player you’re listening to. Who sat down and came up with the idea to make an electronic that could store 1000′s of songs on it and play them for hours on end? Someone took the time to make that idea a reality and now you are able to enjoy your favorite songs anytime you’d like.
Let’s talk about The new electronic cigarette starter kit you just picked up at your local vape shop. Where did it originate from? Who brainstormed and came up with the idea to make a product that will allow smokers the satisfaction of in-taking nicotine without the worry of all those added carcinogens.
Electronic Cig inventor Herbert A. Gilbert
There are disputing claims of who exactly invented the e-cigarette. In 1963, Herbert Gilbert from Beaver Falls, PA patented “a smokeless non-tobacco electronic cig”. He described his device as “replacing burning tobacco and paper with heated, moist, flavored air.” This devise used a battery-powered filament to vaporize a flavored liquid for inhalation. Sound familiar right? Basically it was the original electronic cig with 00mg of nicotine. He even thought up replaceable flavor cartridges just like the modern version. Though it wasn’t a nicotine delivery device, and didn’t become the new up and coming sensation at the time, it deserves to be mentioned because it is the first patent for electronic cig.
Gilbert also intended his electronic cig to be used in the medical profession. In his patent, he lists also that physicians could use his device to allow patients to inhale warm medication to treat respiratory problems.
Unfortunately for Gilbert, despite the initial interest in his idea, it never came to fruition. Though many companies were interested in his invention, it seems Gilbert was ahead of his time. Technology wasn’t advanced enough at that time to make the electronic cig profitable enough for companies to mass produce them.
In 2000 Hon Lik, a Pharmacist in China who smoked up to 3 packs of cigarettes a day, came up with the first design for what we know today to be the product origin of the electronic cig. Hon Lik says that he came up with the idea for the electronic cigarette from a dream in which he was drowning in an ocean when suddenly the water vaporized into a colorful fog. At the time, Lik’s father was dying of smoking based lung cancer and this tragedy only caused Lik to strengthen his determination to come up with a safer way to deliver nicotine to those who wanted to imbibe in the activity of smoking without as many health risks.
In 2003, Lik patented the first nicotine based electronic cig and the following year, he was the first to manufacture and sell what we know today as an electronic cigarette or electronic cig. The company Lik worked for, Golden Dragon Holdings, developed the device and changed their name to Ruyan, which means “like smoke.”
Whether you feel that it was Herbert Gilbert or Hon Lik who was the true inventor of the electronic cig, one thing is certain…the electronic cigarette is up and coming technology and it’s time for you to pick up your electronic cigarette starter kit if you haven’t already.