3 Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know About E-Cigarettes

We all know e-cigs can be a great way to stop smoking, but did you know that the first e-cig was created over 50 years ago? Or that flavored e-liquids have been proven to help people stop smoking? What about the fact that vape was Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year in 2014? It’s all true, keep reading to find out more.

#1: E-Cigs Were Created by a Pharmacist

At least, modern e-cigarettes were. The first e-cigarette was patented in 1963 by an inventor Herbert A. Gilbert; it didn’t deliver nicotine but it did deliver moist, flavored air with steam. He made many different prototype versions of his “smokeless cigarette”, but no one was really interested since smoking was still so popular.

40 years later a Chinese pharmacist named Hon Lik invented the modern e-cigarette after his father died of lung cancer. Unlike the 60s e-cigarette, the “Ruyan” (Chinese for “resembling smoking”) vaporized a liquid that contained nicotine – not just flavored water. The earliest models used ultrasonic technology to vaporize the liquid, but the ones we use today use a heating element instead.

#2: Flavored E-Liquids Have Been Proven to Help Smokers Quit Smoking

If you’ve ever tried to return to cigarettes after vaping for a while, you know what we mean. E-liquids come in an amazing variety of flavors; candy, fruit, even bacon-flavored e-liquids are available

Once you’ve experienced that kind of variety, the acrid, bitter taste of a traditional tobacco cigarette just isn’t all that appealing. Several university studies have shown that flavored e-liquids can increase the amount of time people stay tobacco-free and decrease the chances that they’ll go back to regular smoking.


#3: Vape was 2014’s Word of the Year

Oxford Dictionary named “vape” the Year of the Word in 2014. The word vape actually dates back to an article in 1983 from New Society that talked about hypothetical “nicotine inhaler devices” that would give people the ability to enjoy “smokeless tobacco”:

“an inhaler or ‘non-combustible’ cigarette, looking much like the real thing, but…delivering a metered dose of nicotine vapour. (The new habit, if it catches on, would be known as vaping.)”

It’s amazing to think that 26 years later vaping has not only become a thing, and a culture in its own right.

It’s interesting to think about how far e-cigs have come and how much further they can still go. Do you know any interesting facts or history about e-cigarettes? Let us know below in the comments, we’d love to hear from you.