a historical timeline of electronic cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are growing in popularity around the world. With the announcement of vape as our Word of the Year, we have put together a timeline of the history of e-cigarettes.

a historical timeline of electronic cigarettes

A historical timeline of electronic cigarettes
Headline image credit: Vaping an electronic cigarette by Jon Williams. CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.
June 2014

A historical timeline of electronic cigarettes
The lung injuries are now being called EVALI, or e-cigarette or vaping-related lung injury.
In September, the Trump administration announced it will push for a ban on all flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol flavors.

A historical timeline of electronic cigarettes
The American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Dr. Ricardo Polosa, BMC and Addiction all released studies showing the e-cigarette’s promise.
How did the e-cigarette get to where it is today? The road has been rocky, and the industry still faces challenges today from both misguided health groups and the threat of overbearing regulation. We present here a timeline of the electronic cigarette by year to show the path the modest e-cigarette has traced over the last several years.

September 2008: The World Health Organization (WHO) proclaims that it does not consider the electronic cigarette to be a legitimate smoking cessation aid and demands that marketers immediately remove from their materials any suggestions that the WHO considers electronic cigarettes safe and effective. (See WHO September 19, 2008 press release here.)

  • FDA files appellant brief in Smoking Everywhere v. FDA case (U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia).
  • Coalition files amicus brief in the Smoking Everywhere v. FDA case supporting FDA’s position. Coalition members include American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Legacy Foundation, American Lung Association, American Medical Association, and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

September 6, 2019 – U.S. health officials caution Americans to avoid buying vaping products on the street, and to refrain from using THC oil or adding any substances to vaping products purchased in stores. Juul says its products “do not include THC, any compound derived from cannabis, or vitamin E compounds like those found in THC products,” and that it is confident the FDA and CDC “will get to the bottom of this issue.”
2007— Stanford design graduates James Monsees and Adam Bowen found Ploom Inc, drawing from their thesis project on a new kind of cigarette.