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A History of Smoking Timeline

February 18, 2014

We’ve put together a handy timeline documenting the major events across centuries and continents, leading up to the invention of e-cigarettes and the tobacco alternatives you can find today!

Click here to check out our History of Smoking Timeline

The world has the impression that anti-tobacco attitudes are a relatively new attitude to carry, but since 1830 there have been active groups dedicated to abolish tobacco but maybe what was not in their favour was the lack of a replacement product.

In fact, the closest replacement to smoking cigarettes was ‘snuff’, a tobacco product you snorted from a tiny box, which wasn’t very friendly to the sinus.  This habit was brought to the UK via Charles II in 1660 and was a major fashion accessory amongst the well-to-do aristocrats.

The downfall of tobacco

In America, between the years 1939-1945, tobacco was a protected crop, cigarettes included; understandably this was probably due to rationing. It wasn’t long before Dr Earnst L Wynder discovered that painting cigarette tar on the backs of mice creates tumors. In the long run it brought forth the horrific discovery for smokers that there was a biological link between smoking tobacco and the increased risk of cancer.

Suddenly throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s and mostly the 90’s, there were smoking bans, restrictions and health warnings. The biggest change was probably in 1992 when smoking was included on the list of causes of death on UK death certificates. It wasn’t until 2003 that a tobacco-less alternative was invented, when Hon Lik developed the first electronic cigarette.

The Safer Alternative to Tobacco

E-Cigarettes were not introduced to Europe or the U.S until 2006. Following the introduction of the replacement product, the UK banned smoking in public places in 2007.

You can find out more about the history of smoking by clicking here

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