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All about Vaping and E-Cigarettes

It’s a common fact that most wine drinkers are frequently smokers too. So what’s the big deal about Electronic Cigarettes or “E-Cigarettes” as they are commonly known? These electronic devices that come with an assortment of vape juice to choos from, much the way a wine connoisseur might choose a specific wine – And more importantly, are they as popular with wine lovers as conventional cigarettes ? We chatted to and conducted a poll with some of our most proliferous customers who enjoy their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and sparkling wines. The results were most interesting indeed. But first a little background.

In 2003 a Chinese Pharmacist invented the e-cigarette and today most of these devices are manufactured in China. Since 2004 when they first came on the market only a few were sold, but today the sales have rocketed and they are sold worldwide. The e-cigarette has almost 500 different brands and world sales for them are in excess of $7 Billion dollars. This almost triple the value of total wine exports from South Africa.

The e-cigarette is made up of 5 or 6 main components which are:

  • Mouthpiece
  • Cartridge or tank
  • Heating element or atomiser
  • Microprocessor
  • Battery
  • Where possible an LED light at the front

There is also what is called a mechanical e-cigarette which has no electronic components. This type of e-cigarette operates with a small heating coil or atomiser. When a mechanical switch is closed by the user, the coil is heated and draws in an e-liquid solution which is vaporised. This liquid, inside the chamber, can reach a temperature of roughly 250°C which is then atomised. The user then can inhale this vaporised liquid, which has a flavour and taste comparable to tobacco, instead of cigarette smoke. In many cases you can also get e-cigarettes that are free of nicotine. The number of quality e liquid South Africa suppliers is on the rise as many realize this rapidly expanding market.

Basically there are 3 types of e-cigarettes:

  • Cigalikes

These are e-cigarettes that look just like the ordinary cigarette.

  • eGos     The eGos is similar to the Cigalike but is fitted with refillable tanks.
  • Mods     A Mod is an e-cigarette that consists of essential parts or is an existing product that has been modified

The e-cigarette is continually evolving and new products are being developed on a monthly basis and incorporated into the worldwide market.

  • First Generation e-cigarettes.

This product has the tendency to look just like an ordinary tobacco cigarette and bears the name of “Cigalikes”. The main difference is the feel; an ordinary cigarette feels smoother and lighter, while the Cigalike is inflexible and heavier. In many cases the size also varies.

  • Second Generation e-cigarettes All these devices are much larger and do not resemble a tobacco cigarette at all.
  • Third Generation e-cigarettes

This group of products have incorporated different mechanical mods and variable voltage devices.

  • Fourth Generation e-cigarettes

All the e-cigarettes manufactured in this way incorporate Sub ohm tanks as well as temperature control devices.

The e-cigarettes power source is its main component and consists of a rechargeable lithium battery.

What makes the e-cigarette effective is the e-liquid mixture which is made up of the following;

  • Propylene glycol
  • Glycerine
  • Water
  • In most cases Nicotine
  • Flavouring

Although the e-liquid mixture above may differ from product to product, the liquid consists of 95% propylene glycol and glycerine. Manufactures boast of providing in excess of 8,000 different flavours.

All the major toxic chemicals contained in tobacco smoke are not present in the e-cigarette. However the e-liquid in the e-cigarette can include toxins as well as heavy metals which are inhaled by the user and can be very harmful to the human body. Up to date no serious effects have been reported during trials but they do include the following:

  • Throat irritation
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Coughing

The main reason for the smoker to use the e-cigarette has been to quit the habit, as it gives the smoker the feeling of smoking a tobacco cigarette without inhaling the smoke and toxic chemicals contained in tobacco. Another reason is to help reduce the risk of lung cancer or just to save money.

Due to the problem existing with tobacco laws worldwide, most countries fail to address the seriousness of the health effects to the users. However in 2016 the European Directive has set out restrictions in regards to the e-liquid ingredients as well as making the containers child-proof.

The verdict is still out as to the long term effects e-cigarettes could have, but for the moment the e-cigarette seems to be the healthier option to take if you have to smoke.

Raka Winter Promotion

A South African man got a lot more than he bargained for today on an internet site while trying to download what he referred to as “Porno Vino”. “I had been fantasizing about this little Vintage since the first boring meeting of the day so I went home and decided to surf the net with the hope of finding a site where I could download some of those wicked full-bodied reds and succulent whites” said Mr Voila in his Gardens home yesterday. “Suddenly, there it was, WineWeb’s tempting collection of sexy fireside classics!”
According to Mr Voila, that was only the beginning; “I realized that the wind-chill factor was affecting my will to move and then I saw it – WineWeb’s offer, straight out of my wildest dreams.”
Mr Voila continued to say that WineWeb’s offers did not end with a heavenly Pinot Noir. He explained that they deliver the very temptation you desire to your door, saving you from venturing into the blistering cold.
Rumour has it that the ongoing Winter Sale offers wines “at a steal” and reports that this month’s exciting promotion offers a mixed case of Raka’s three Double Gold award winning red wines. At only R 473.20 per case these wines are exceptional value for money. There aren’t many left so treat this as an urgent purchase!
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When asked for a closing comment Mr Voila replied: “…now if I could just find a site that can put another log on the fire…”

A day in the life of pre-historic man is reported to have centered around communicating in grunts, hunting, making fire, eating, hunting some more and then pioneering un-romantic ways of luring women back to his dark, un-appealing, rock-like cave. Still today, literature and theatre mock this simple-minded hunter by suggesting that very little has evolved, except perhaps the invention of antiperspirant deodorants.

Take the art of buying and tasting wine, an all encompassing seriousness that sets this wheel of mystery in motion begins after an auspicious tasting of hand-crafted boutique wine at a dinner party. Cue the age-old predictable art of pursuing the unsuspecting prey – this time in the form of a bottle of rare and sought-after wine.

Thus begins the first step: initiating the hunt. At the risk of taking sides (after all I am woman) I assure you that our team at WineWeb based the following findings on intrinsically researched data, none of which is derived from information passed down through generations in ways revealed by men like Dan Brown, who walk that fine line that separates courage and stupidity.

The primal art of hunting will be further demonstrated through our Wine-iac experiments.

Please note that in the interests of scientific accuracy, the Wine-iac hunter is not a volunteer, but rather unsuspectingly so selected, in order to preserve the traits of the alpha male instinctive behaviour. The experiment has been thoroughly researched by professionals in a contained environment and can be very dangerous if not monitored by other professionals in white coats with clipboards and glasses on their noses, so do not, I repeat, do not try this at home.

The experiment is a dinner party, found to be the most favorable setting for Wine-iac experiments. The prey is Audacia’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 which is surreptitiously introduced to the hunter’s olfactory nerves and palate.