Hon Lik is the Chinese pharmacist credited as the creator of the modern, commercially viable e-cigarette. His father, a life-long smoker, died of lung cancer. Lik himself had averaged a pack and a half per day for the majority of his life. He launched the first commercial e-cigarette brand, Ruyan, in 2003. He founded the modern vape industry and helped mitigate the harm of one of the most prolific killers in the 20th century: the cigarette.
he World Health Organization estimates that more people died in the 20th century because of cigarettes than in the two World Wars combined. This staggering toll of smoking cannot be attributed entirely to the smokers themselves. Big Tobacco has notoriously pushed cigarettes on the public, including children, women, and minorities. For years, tobacco companies have fudged the truth and used outright deception to protect their profit margins. In many parts of the world, they still do.