What is an Electronic Cigarette?
What ARE e-cigs?
(A little primer for the History of Electronic Cigarettes)An electronic cigarette, also known as an e-cigarette, vapor cigarette or an e-cig, is an electrical inhaler that vaporizes a propylene glycol- or glycerin- or polyethylene glycol-based liquid solution into an aerosol mist, simulating the act of tobacco smoking. It is often marketed as a smoking cessation
aid or tobacco replacement. The similarities between conventional and
electronic cigarettes is in the physical design and the nicotine
release, which matches around the same amount of nicotine as a
The primitive concept of an electronic cigarette can trace to an idea by Herbert A. Gilbert
who in 1963 patented a device which was described as, "...a smokeless
non-tobacco cigarette ... by replacing burning tobacco and paper with
heated, moist, flavored air..." This device heated the nicotine solution
and produced steam. In 1967 Gilbert was approached by several companies
interested in manufacturing it, but it was never commercialized and has
disappeared from the public record after 1967.
Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist, is widely credited with the invention of the modern electronic cigarette. In 2000, he came up with the idea of using piezoelectric ultrasound-emitting element to vaporize a pressurized jet of liquid containing nicotine diluted in a propylene glycol solution.
This design produces a smoke-like vapor that can be inhaled and
provided a vehicle for nicotine delivery into the bloodstream via the
lungs. He also proposed to use propylene glycol to dilute nicotine and
place it into a disposable plastic cartridge which serves as a liquid
reservoir and mouthpiece. These inventions have laid the basic elements
of the present day electronic cigarettes.
The device was first introduced to the Chinese domestic market in May
2004 as an aid for smoking cessation and replacement. The company he
worked for, Golden Dragon Holdings, changed its name to Ruyan (literally "Resembling smoking"), and started exporting its products in 2005ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œ2006,before receiving the first international patent in 2007.
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