Let's get back to Hon Lik, who achieved greater success and practical implementation of his idea. Hon started the development of his device in 2002. He had been failed for a long time but constantly tried to improve his project. In 2003, at the age of 52, Hon Lik patented the blueprints for a "flameless atomized e-cigarette". The patent application contained only drawings, schemes, and the theoretical principle of operation since at that time there was no finished product, and there was no slightest idea what it could be made from and how. His application argued that no smoking substitute could saturate the blood with nicotine soquickly. This interested the company "Golden Dragon Holding" Hon worked for, which was the impetus for the production of the first electronic cigarette. In October 2004, under Hon's patent, the company produced and launched the first batch of "e-pipe" products in the market. The first series looked like apipe for smoking, was uncomfortable, large, and not practical, but received positive feedback. The Golden Dragon Group sold Hon Lik's invention for $75 million to the tobacco giant Imperial Tobacco. Hong said the money had nothing to do with him asit was a deal between the companies. However, Hon was pleased to see that the price of the deal reflected the value of his invention.