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Author Topic: B.A.T. had developed e-cig by 1998  (Read 2997 times)

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B.A.T. had developed e-cig by 1998
« on: September 27, 2012, 05:46:46 PM »

It is often said the the e-cigs, as we know them, were invented by a Chinese Scientist called Hon Lik in 2003.

However, a document marked 'Confidential for British & American Tobacco' shows that as far back as January 1998, BAT were working with a company called Vapotronic Ltd to develp a product called the 'Cigotronic' - an e cig.

The Cigotronic

Work started on the Cigotronic in 1993, and by 1998 it was ready for BAT to take to the market. The Cigotronic was "a non-combustible completely "smoke-free" electronic cigarette shaped and sized device designed to create and control nicotine vapour for delivery, via the lungs to the consumer. The device, which can hold the equivalent nicotine content of 20 cigarettes, eliminates most of the known hazards associated with combustible smoking. It is designed to deliver the taste, smell, oral and handling characteristics plus other sensory benefits desired by the smoker, including the physiological stimulation of nicotine"



This was developed as a direct response to the anti-smoking lobby and was to have been marketed under the slogan "Smoke-Free to Smoke Freely".

The document says that the Cigatronic completely eliminates the "carcinogenic smoke & tar cocktail", supports the governments and the Anti-Smoking lobby's strategic direction by providing a solution to both the primary and secondary health issues whilst satisfying the smokers need for nicotine stimulation. Consequently consumers choosing to exercise their right to consume nicotine with the Cigatronics device can do so in all public places where smoking is currently banned.

BAT intended to pay tobacco tax on the product (which, at the time was much lower than todays duty rates) and said "Control of the nicotine supply will protect the tax revenue base for governments plus tobacco leaf growers will continue to benefit economically through the maintenance of the demand for nicotine."

The Cigatronic was claimed to provide an identical physiological response to the inhaled nicotine delivered by a cigarette as well as the behavioural satisfaction of the hand/mouth ritual

It was also disposable, intended to replace a pack of 20 and the target was to have it ready for FDA compliance testing by June 2000.

So there we have it.

In January 1998, 5 years before Hon Lik and Ruyan produced their invention, BAT had a full working e-cig ready to be put into production.

For reasons that are entirely unexplained at this stage, they decided not to procede.

SOURCE AND COPY OF THE CONFIDENTIAL B.A.T. DOCUMENT HERE :

http://tobaccodocuments.org/batco/322017730-7745.html?zoom=750&ocr_position=above_foramatted&start_page=1



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itsmeitis

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Re: B.A.T. had developed e-cig by 1998
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2012, 06:01:15 PM »

35 years prior and with battery technology scarce ...
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Re: B.A.T. had developed e-cig by 1998
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2012, 06:21:52 PM »

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Re: B.A.T. had developed e-cig by 1998
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2012, 06:24:34 PM »

Looks like a nice mod as well  ;D
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Re: B.A.T. had developed e-cig by 1998
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2012, 06:36:30 PM »

Well that was a good History Lesson! Thanks for sharing :)
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B.A.T. had developed e-cig by 1998
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2012, 06:42:10 PM »

Agreed, all a very  interesting read ;D
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Re: B.A.T. had developed e-cig by 1998
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2012, 10:10:52 PM »

love the 60s picture  :-* , that e-cig looks steampunk
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Re: B.A.T. had developed e-cig by 1998
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2012, 10:14:24 PM »

its actually a GG slim ... by the time it was released, Herbert had changed his name to Imeo, migrated to Greece and allowed Cam the resposibility of posing them out ... was about 2010 before they eventually arrived on the scene .... :P
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