Did you know how the idea for electronic cigarettes came about? Believe it or not, it started with a dream. A dream that would change the lives of millions of smokers who want to quit smoking in China, the United States, Australia, and in many parts of the world.
In the year 2000, Chinese inventor and pharmacist Hon Lik had a bad dream. In that dream, he was coughing and wheezing, and was close to drowning. Suddenly the turbulent waters around him vanished into a fog. Little did Hon know that the nightmare would lead to something important – the invention of e cigarettes. The creation of electric cigarettes would not only affect Hon's life but the lives of the people around him.
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Like other middle-aged men in China, Hon is no stranger to smoking. His father suffered because of it and so did Hon. He knew he was addicted to nicotine just like 60 percent of Chinese men but he couldn't kick the habit. He smoked as soon as he woke up in the morning, between lectures at the university, during lunch break and while working.
Hon would ordinarily consume three packs a day. Aware of smoking's ill effects, he developed the first electronic cigarette in 2003. Not surprisingly, his father was the first to use his new product. But it was too late to save the old man who eventually succumbed to lung cancer. Hon knew he would be next unless he changed his ways. That fear convinced him of the importance of e cigs that were introduced in China the following year.
While Hon is credited as the inventor of the modern electric cigarette, this gadget was first described way back in 1963. The idea was patented by Herbert A. Gilbert who wanted to make a smokeless cigarette without any tobacco to give smokers a safe alternative to smoking. Gilbert sought to do this by substituting tobacco and paper with “heated, moist flavored air.”
Unfortunately, the time was not right for the invention of e-cigs. Due to limited technology, there was no means to manufacture this novel concept. To top it off, tobacco was not generally viewed as dangerous at that time so the idea died and faded into obscurity.
Thanks to Hon, the dream of e cigs is now a reality. Spurred by the popularity of e-cigs, Hon's company Golden Dragon Holdings became Ruyan (which means resembling smoking) Group (Holdings) Ltd. and began exporting e cigarettes in 2005.
Today, e cigs are found almost everywhere. Ruyan alone – which is now called Dragonite International Limited – has sold over a million units via e-cigarettes suppliers in Australia, North America, the United Kingdom, Korea and Israel to name a few. You can get electric cigarettes at any e-cigs online store or e-cigarettes supplier.
In the United States, the Electronic Cigarette Association said sales of e-cigs have mushroomed from $10 million to $100 million in just a year. There's also a wide variety of flavors to choose from at different ecigs online shops. There are traditional types like menthol and Marlboro to fun flavors like chocolate, mint and apple, coffee and vanilla. Get electronic cigarettes online today and experience a new dimension in smoking. (George Nava True II)