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Vaping 1970’s Style: An Interview with One of the Pioneers

Last week I was surprised to discover that the first mentions of vapings appeared to come from the late 70’s/early 80’s (see The Origins of Vaping). The inventor of that device has since passed away. However,  since I wrote that post I’ve been very fortunate to interview the (very charming!) Dr Jacobson who pioneered the use […]

Two men in sunglasses vaping.
The True Origins of Vaping (It All Started in the 1970’s!)

Who do you consider to be the inventor of the electronic cigarette? Most vapers would answer Hon Lik, who came up with an electronic inhalation device in the first decade of this century. But last year we interviewed Herbert Gilbert, who developed a smokeless cigarette in 1960’s. The debate is still ongoing as to whether Herbert […]

The History of the Electronic Cigarette or How the devastated son of a lung cancer victim dreamed up a device which would save the lives of millions of smokers

Or: The History of the Electronic Cigarette The e-cigarette as we know it may never have existed if a Chinese man had not been struck by the disease all smokers fear. Lung cancer. His devastated son, Hon Lik, was a heavy smoker too, and feeling the effects of smoking 60 cigarettes a day. He was also a […]

Four extreme (and we mean extreme) anti-smoking tactics that STILL failed.

The anti-smoking movement is hoping to stop smoking through policies such as: increased taxes pub and car bans a policy of denormalisation (no really – I’m not making that up!) But despite the protests of smoker’s rights groups, these are nothing compared to what anti-smokers did in the past: Imprisoning smokers The first person to […]