The History of Vaping

The History of Vaping

While vaping is a relatively new trend, it has been around for decades, and has gone through many changes to become the vapes we know and love. Today I will guide you through the history of vapes.

The Early Years

The concept of vaping first arose over 2000 years ago in Ancient Egypt, where Egyptians would heat oils and herbs on hot stones and breathe the vapour in. While this isn't the same as modern vaping, it did pave the way to modern vaping.

Joseph Robinson was the first person to come up with the idea of an e-cigarette in 1927. It wasn't until 1963, however, that Herbert Gilbert and his "smokeless non-tobacco cigarette" popularised vaping. His invention was patented in 1965. Sadly, no one at the time knew of his "smokeless non-tobacco cigarette."

Phil Ray and Normal Jacobson started working to benefit from the concept of e-cigarettes in the 1980s, but the FDA did not allow tobacco companies to sell e-cigarettes.

In Europe, vaping was popular too. Bill Amato invented the cannabis vaporizer in Amsterdam in the 90s. The German stationary / desktop vaporizer Volcano was based on his ideas.

The First E-Cigarette

The first e-cigarette was created by the Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik in the 2000s. In 2006, he was assisted by his employer Ruyan Group to bring his idea to the world. This was done for his father, who died of lung cancer as a result of smoking.

In 2007, the first e-cigarette was launched in the U.S. and has since become a popular trend. Since then, many modifications have been made to electronic cigarettes. By inventing the cartomizer, Umer and Tariq Sheik made e-cigs more customer friendly.

TPD Compliance

In 2014, e-cigarettes were classified as tobacco products and a law was passed under the Tobacco Products Directive, banning any tanks over 2ml and any e-liquids over 10ml that contain nicotine. E-Liquid manufacturers managed to combat this with short fills, e-liquids containing more than 10ml but containing no nicotine. Nicotine Shots were also sold to add to the short fill for your nicotine boost.

The Vape Deaths

In 2019, the first death caused by vaping was reported in the US. This was revealed to be due to black market products containing high amounts of THC (which are not at all found in legal vape products). Nevertheless, the Trump Administration set out to ban flavoured e-liquids across the country, but later backed down.


Vaping continues to grow and improve across the world, with many people finding this a healthier alternative to smoking. Happy vaping!

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