Electronic Cigarette Is Much Older Than You Thought


The appearance of electronic cigarettes across online vendors and in convenience stores seems to have happened overnight and you can find electronic cigarettes everywhere today. In the shopping mall, on train platforms or in the station waiting room, you might find a guy sitting next to you enjoying vaping. In fact, electronic cigarettes are much older than you thought.

In 1927, Joseph Robinson filed a patient for the first “Electric Vaporizer” and he was approved in 1930. “My invention relates to vaporizing devices for holding medicinal compounds which are electrically heated to produce vapors for inhalation, and to provide a device for individual use which may be freely handed without any possibility of being burned,” said him in New York on May 3, 1927. Though actually his device is not made for vaporizing tobacco, it still has similar functions of the electronic cigarette nowadays.


In 1963, Herbert A. Gilbert files a US patent for his smokeless cigarette. “The present invention relates to a smokeless non tobacco cigarette and has an object to provide a safe and harmless means for and method of smoking by replacing burning tobacco and paper with heated, moist, flavored air,” said Herbert A. Gilbert in an interview. However, his ideas were way ahead of his time and wouldn’t be revisited for almost thirty years!

In the 1990s, we can find a great number of new patents are issued for cigarette substitutes. For instance, in 1998, Philip Morris began selling Accord, a battery-powered “heat not burn” device as a cigarette substitute.

In 2003, the modern e-cigarette was invented by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik and he sold his patents to a tobacco company. Since they were first sold in 2004, their global use has risen exponentially in the western counties, In 2006, electronic cigarettes became available for sale and use in Europe and in 2007 electronic cigarettes quickly entered the U.S. after being a hit in Europe.

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In 2016, Public Health England announced that electronic cigarettes have rapidly become the most widely-used quitting aid in England and expressed its belief that they have the potential to make a significant contribution to the endgame for tobacco.

As of now, most e-cigarettes are made in Shenzhen, South China. There are countless options of vaping device styles and designs, but the many of the reputable brands are easily identified.



Ryan is a vaper, editor and content creator who spends most of his time bringing the interesting, entertaining, original and well-written articles to vapers. He believes that vaping is not only a healthier alternative to smoking, but also a great experience of life.