A brief history of vaping

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A brief history of vaping

Vaping devices have evolved at an incredible rate since the invention of the first modern e-cigarette in 2003.

Since the 1950s and 60s when most people started becoming concerned about the health effects of cigarettes, inventors have been on a quest to find new ways to get a satisfying nicotine high, without the cigarettes. Here’s a look at how vaping came to be.

Over the years there were attempts at inventions, but the e-cigarette as we know it today was invented by Chinese smoker and pharmacist Hon Lik in 2003. Lik, a heavy smoker himself, is said to have been spurred to invent a new device after his own father, also a smoker, died of lung cancer. 

Around 2006, vaping was first introduced in Europe, and it wasn’t long before it made its way into the US. The popularity of e-cigarettes has skyrocketed in South Africa over the last few years, since being billed as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, and as a great tool to help smokers quit altogether. 

Moving from the 2003 cig-a-like, to the vape pens of the mid-2000s, the early 2010’s mods and the most recent pod mods, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to choosing the device that suits you best.

Breaking it down

Before embarking on your vaping journey, it’s good to know about the device you’re using. In a nutshell, e-cigarettes are electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) that emit doses of vaporised nicotine (non-nicotine options are also available) that are then inhaled.

 There are three main components in all vaping devices: a battery, an atomizer and e-liquid. The battery powers the atomizer, which in turn heats and turns the e-liquid into vapour. 


Choosing the right device to start off with can be confusing, which is why we’ve made it easier for you. Why not head on over to Vaper’s Corner and check out our top six buys.