However, this primarily concerns something other than pleasure: Herodotus interpreted this Scythian custom as a special cleansing ritual after a funeral.
The hookah can be considered an indirect precursor of vaping — not in terms of the principle behind it, naturally, but rather in terms of the smoker’s aesthetic interaction with the clouds of smoke. There are different opinions regarding its inception, with the most common ones stating that it first appeared in Persia or India in the 16th century.
Regarding the principle of operation, the inhaler became vaping’s first ancestor. The idea of inhaling medicinal vapors has been known since antiquity: for example, Galen, the ancient Roman physician, offered to treat just about anything with opium — from dizziness to deafness and loss of voice. Ancient Greek and Arab healers liked to prescribe
inhalations to their patients as well.
However, special devices for inhalation only appeared in the 18th century: in the year 1778 John Mudge connected
a bowl with a tube and started treating his patients' cough with opium.