The History of E-Cigarettes
Posted by Ashley on July 21, 2015
When Herbert Gilbert, a scrapyard worker from Pennsylvania, patented what he called a “smokeless non-tobacco cigarette” in 1963, the response was underwhelming.
People wondered why it was needed. They could already smoke anywhere – including at work, in hospital rooms, on airplanes, in stores – why did they need such a device?
Some doctors at that time had speculated that smoking tobacco was unhealthy, but it wasn’t until 1964 when the U.S. Surgeon General released a report that held cigarette smoking responsible for a 70 percent increase in the mortality rate of smokers over non-smokers. The increase was due to ailments such as cancer, emphysem...
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