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:
- Cartridge or tank
- Heating element or atomiser
- 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:
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
- In most cases Nicotine
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
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.