History of Electronic Cigarette
The modern electronic cigarette was developed in Beijing by a 52 year old pharmacist/inventor, Hon Lik, in 2003. He reportedly developed the product after his father, a heavy smoker, died of lung cancer. Recognizing the value of Lik’s invention, the company he worked for, Golden Dragon Holdings, decided to develop the device for widespread commercial use. This was a momentous occasion in electronic cigarette history, since it allowed Lik the resources to further improve on his design. The company changed its name to “Ruyan” (translated to “like smoke” in Chinese) and made the e-cig their sole focus.
Their product was introduced to the Chinese domestic market in 2004 and they started exporting it in 2005. In 2006, electronic cigarettes were introduced to Europe, and in 2007 they entered the American market. Electronic cigarettes received their international patent in 2007.
With the passage of time, e-cigarette designs have continued to evolve. As of today, E-cigarette history has seen three generation of designs over time. The first generation e-cig was designed to replicate a conventional tobacco cigarette and hence was shaped just like one. But slowly the focus shifted to the amount of vapor being released and user friendliness of the device, so the shape of a second generation vapor pen and third generation APV is very different.
Second and third generation devices become possible after two British inventers, Tariq and Umer Sheikh developed the cartomizer in 2006. The cartomizer was perhaps the most important invention in the history of electronic cigarettes. The device uses a heating coil in the liquid chamber to release vapors, thereby ensuring a better smoking experience. Since the advent of the cartomzier, the popularity of e-cigs has increased multifold.