Stephane Vlachos and the Stolen Ecig Patent

The Mystery of Stephane Vlachos and the Stolen Ecigarette Patent

It wasn’t so long ago that we all assumed Hon Lik invented the ecigarette. Then we found Herbert Gilbert invented a similar device in 1963, and that Dr Jacobson trialled a vaping device (albeit not electronic cigarette) in the late 70’s and 80’s. Now it seems there is another contender. If you look on the Simple English Wikipedia […]

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Black and white image of Dr Norman Jacobson holding the Favour cigarette.

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 […]

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Black and white headshot of Herbert A Gilbert taken around the time he invented the e-cigarette.

An Interview with the Inventor of the Electronic Cigarette, Herbert A Gilbert

Last year, when I was writing up the history of the electronic cigarette, I mentioned Herbert A. Gilbert, who is considered by many to be the inventor of the modern electronic cigarette. I also wrote: Herbert A Gilbert may still be alive, if this post is genuine. (Herbert, if you’re out there, I’d love to interview you!) […]

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An Electronic Cigarette Timeline: A History of the Electronic Cigarette Year by Year

Text by Steve Kryworuka The electronic cigarette has in less than a decade become one of the most promising technologies in the field of tobacco harm reduction. From a modest beginning in the mid-2000s, e-cigarette adoption has grown to over 2.5 million users worldwide. How did the e-cigarette get to where it is today? The […]

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Blowing smoke up your ass: and you thought it was just an adage

By Paul Bergen of   This really has nothing to do with vaping at all but it is amusing. Vaping has come in at a time when the ways of using tobacco and/or nicotine don’t exhibit quite the imagination when compared to days of yore. Nowadays the choices are: inhaling  chewing  and a little […]

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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 […]

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