For those not familiar with the term, an e-cigarette is a battery-powered device that simulates tobacco smoking. However, they are not to be confused with smokeless cigarettes. They offer consumers convenience, and also save them a great deal of money. E-cigarettes offer a slightly healthier alternative to regular cigarettes, but this notion is up for debate.
Here, we look at a brief history of the e-cigarette and the rise of the vaping subculture:
Origins of the E-Cigarette
Herbert A. Gilbert is the first known person on record to come up with the idea for an electronic smoking device. Well ahead of his own time, Gilbert was aware of the dangers of tobacco and filed a patent for this new type of product in 1963. However, at that time the market for healthy alternative tobacco products did not exist. Fast forward to 2003, Han Lik, a Chinese pharmacist and smoker, was motivated by the death of his father, who died from lung cancer, and dedicated himself to develop electronic cigarettes. Fortunately, Lik’s place of employment at the time fully supported his idea. Thanks to the help of their backing, Lik was able to turn his idea into a reality.
Picking up Steam
After the Chinese markets took up the e-cigarettes, the product’s success spread across Europe, and eventually to America in 2007. The World Health Organization decided to become the first major international organization to give reference to e-cigarettes. Their aversion to discussing whether they are a smoking cessation device only made the product even more popular.
Planet of the Vapes
With the popularity of e-cigarettes on the rise, so came the rise of the vaping subculture. One belief is that e-cigarettes are a stand-in for normal cigarettes. On the contrary, cigarette stand-ins are seen as un-cool, and this new subculture is about feeding nicotine craving in a better and more creative way.
E-cigarettes and vaping are gaining more momentum and popularity in today’s society. Ditch the lighters and start learning your vaping lingo to keep up!