“it’s the other chemical compounds in tobacco, and in the smoke created by setting tobacco on fire, that directly and primarily cause the illness and death, not the nicotine.”
“even with unanswered questions about benefits and risks, there are now different technologies to deliver nicotine, for those who need it, that doesn’t bring with it the deadly consequences of burning tobacco and inhaling the resulting smoke.”
“looking at ways to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes so that they are minimally or non-addictive, while not altering the nicotine content of noncombustible products such as e-cigarettes, is a cornerstone of our new and more comprehensive approach to effective tobacco regulation.”
Vaper’s tongue is a term used for those times when your taste buds just decide to pack up and go on vacation for a while. It’s not a medical issue. The good news is that it's also not a permanent condition.
New vapers especially experience moments where they seem unable to taste the flavor in the vapor. Some veteran vapers also experience the same thing. A small number of people frequently experience this issue fairly regularly even after vaping for months or years.
There's a few different reasons this phenomenon can happen. Keep in mind this article isn't coming from a medical standpoint, so these concepts are strictly speaking, not scientific.
People who just switched from smoking cigarettes to using personal vaporizors (e-cigarettes) are prime candidates for vaper's tongue. You may not be aware but, smoking ruins your sense of taste. Once you stop smoking cigarettes, your tastebuds must become reacquainted with normal taste sensations.
The ability to taste things slowly awakens after a lengthy slumber. These new sensations can overload your sense of taste and strange things start happening. Eventually, all the stimulation becomes a little too much and your brain elects to close up shop for a little while to let your taste regroup.
As you adjust to life as a non-smoker this shut down effect is likely to happen several times. These shutdowns usually last anywhere from a few hours to a couple days. Gradually, your tastebuds start firing up again and you'll just realize at some point the flavor has returned all on its own.
Vaping will dehydrate you. Vapor actually absorbs the moisture in the surrounding air. Your mouth contains a lot of moisture, which the vapor will suck up like a sponge.
The result of this action is a dry mouth. With an amount of the moisture removed from your mouth, a thin film might form on your tongue. The film acts as sort of a barrier isolating your tongue (and taste buds) from the vapor.
When this happens, it's incredibly easy to fix. Water. Simply increase your water intake while you vape. If you find there is quite a bit of film built up on your tongue, you can scrape it off with your toothbrush. It's kind of a weird sensation, and if your family sees you, you might get funny looks, but it's quite effective at removing any buildup in your mouth.
Is there any particular flavor you call your all-day vape? Do you put out more white clouds than the Polar Express?
This could also be the source of your missing flavor. Constant exposure to the exact same flavor sensation can also cause your sense of taste to hit the high road. This happens because you're so frequently exposed to the same flavor that your brain treats that flavor sort of like the taste equivalent of white noise. You tune out the flavor similar to the way you tune out the drone of other diners in a noisy restaurant.
This cause is another easy fix. Shake things up a little. Experiment with some other flavors. Even if you like to stick to what you know, try to find two or three other flavors to swap between to keep things fresh.
Most people grasp the correlation between illness and the inability to taste things as well as usual. If you have the flu or a cold, chance are your sinuses are good and stuffed up, making breathing through your nose a Herculean feat.
The sense of smell is very tightly integrated into the sense of taste. When you are unable to smell effectively, it generally also means your sense of taste is equally dulled.
Since there is still no cure for the common cold, your best bet to beat this one is some chicken soup and a comfy blanket.
And then there's just the unexplained times when your taste leaves you with no excuse at all. It's like your tongue decided to stay in bed that morning while the rest of your body woke up. Maybe your tongue is still holding a grudge over that whole killing your taste buds with cigarette smoke thing.
These are the times that are probably the most frustrating. Nothing is wrong as far as you can tell, your normal flavors just aren't doing it for you.
Some vapers note that they regain their ability to taste e-liquid after switching to a particularly strong flavor helps revive things. Something with a lot of cinnamon or menthol (or both) does the trick.
Sometimes not even the most fiery cinnamon won't even help scare your tastebuds straight. Since you can't taste things normally, you might want to try a couple of these suggestions while you wait for things to return to normal.
Is there a bottle of e-liquid you thought would taste great but turns out you absolutely despise it? You can't taste anything anyway, why not break out the terrible stuff and save your good e-liquid for when you can appreciate it. Maybe your compromised sense of taste will actually make that juice you hate actually taste decent.
For that matter it can even be unflavored e-liquid, your tongue won't know the difference anyway. Keep a small supply handy so you can wait out any stubbornness your tastebuds decide to throw your way.
Let it Steep for a month!
Most e-liquids you thought had no taste or taste bad will blend fully, deepening and enriching in flavor over time. This will allow for your taste buds to recuperate and return to normal.
LINKS > STEEPING and OTHER TIPS
BURNT or PEPPERY Taste: Keep your atomizers/cartomizers wet. Dry atomizers or cartomizers can give a burnt or peppery taste and lower the lifetime of your device. A peppery taste is also a sign that the juice needs to steep longer, or you are getting a small amount of E-Liquid in your mouth from your atomizer/cartomizer.
PERFUMEY TASTE: Some flavors have a strong scent to them, this is usually eliminated with steeping. If the perfumey taste is still present after steeping. The flavor may need some extra steeping to 'breathe.' Remove the cap and dripper tip, store the E-Liquid in a cool dark place (Away from children and pets) for a couple of days.
Why Steep? Flavors blend and marry fully over time, so you will have a richer, deeper, more flavorful product after a few days or weeks of steeping.
This is especially true of tobacco flavors and larger bottle sizes. This is also generally true for all e-liquid. At ECBlend we make each bottle custom to your order (we have too many options and products to store premade with the options), usually you will receive the product within 3-5 days of creation. Let them sit for a few days or a week before vaping and you will find yourself with some very flavorful e-liquid.
STEEPING: Although most ECBlend E-Liquids taste great right out of the mailbox, some juices get even better when 'aged' or 'steeped'. This is especially true of complex blends, tobacco products, our Dragon series, 50mL bottles and larger sizes. E-Liquids taste a lot better after properly aged!
Time allows all flavors to be married together and mature, making them taste richer. TOBACCO Flavors generally taste better over time (steep for 1-2 weeks).
For best steeping results: Store e-liquid in a cool dark place (in a safe place AWAY FROM CHILDREN AND PETS) and shake daily. (Steeping can be from 2 days up to 3 weeks. It is a personal preference) PG is a better flavor carrier than VG. The higher the VG content, the better it will taste with steeping.
SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE !! SHAKE YOUR BOTTLE !!
IN A HURRY FOR YOUR E-LIQUID? Try This!
(Note: Larger Bottles need shaking! Our 50ml bottles do not have a lot of extra room for mixing in the bottle as our other sizes do. They do require extra shaking and extra time to steep. With 100% VG E-Liquid, they are very thick and will mix slowly when shook.)
Seal the bottle tightly and air free in a zip lock bag, then seal it in another (tightly sealed and air free also).
Place the bottle in hot tap water for 10-15 minutes. This will allow for better mixing when shaking. This process can be repeated as much as needed to completely blend your e-liquid.
Email Comment from a customer who recently tried this method: ''OMG!! I just did your (...) method and I am in love!! Thank you!!''
THIS REVIEW OF DRAGON'S TEAR truly shows how steeping made his experience much better:
Definitely a steeper or do I mean keeper
Posted by JamieFB on 11th Jul 2012
I ordered mine extra flavor and extra strawberry. At first my impression was very blah about it. I just stashed it away with my maybes and back ups.
About a week and a half later, I came back and decided to give it a go because I had blown 2 attys and didn't want to waste great juice. I tooted it a bit and (being the newby I was) finally learned what steeping is all about.
It was juicy and creamy. I went through the rest of the bottle in a day. Thank you Dragon's Tear for properly showing me that steeping can mean keeping. Definitely the best steep I've ever had.
WARNING: E-LIQUID PRODUCTS MAY CONTAIN NICOTINE. NICOTINE IS AN ADDICTIVE CHEMICAL. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS
Fluffy Spun Sugar
Made with All Natural Flavoring.
Add Enhanced sweetener for ULTRA SWEET or make it Ridiculously Sweet with Double Sweetener. (Sweeten with care and try sample sizes, you may not like it Ridiculously Sweet).
Posted by Erica Hanel on Nov 16, 2018
I love this flavor, it definitely needs extra flavor and sweetener to bring out the yummy flavor. A lot of times I blend it with Waffle to change it up. I never let myself run out.
Posted by Unknown on Aug 24, 2018
It blows my mind to think that there's an option to make this SWEETER. I don't know if it really tastes like cotton candy, but I guess it's pretty close.
I'd by no means say that the flavor is *awful*--it just tastes like a Splenda booth at the local county fair.
ECBlend: Thank you for your review, just a note to mention ECBlend does not use any coil gunking artificial sweeteners such as sucralose or aspartame in our E-Liquid like a lot "Premium" vendors.
Posted by Samantha J Sperry-White on Jan 16, 2018
Flavor isn't particularly bad but it tastes NOTHING like spun/sugar/cotton candy. It is VERY sour. Not what I expected
Posted by Brody W on Mar 14, 2017
Delicious but go with double sweetener and extra flavor. Spot on cotton candy. I'd give a 30 ml 3 days to steep at minimum. Buy it and combo it with extra flavor, extra sweet bubble gum. You won't regret it.
Posted by Brett Donald on Feb 24, 2016
I must admit I never thought of vaping it as a stand alone flavor but I might try after the other reviews.
I typically use it as a sweetener that adds a little bit more flavor than a regular sweetener.
Posted by Natalie on Apr 01, 2015
I have tried a dozen flavors from ECblends and this is my go-to, all time favorite. It's smoooooooth....not much of a throat hit even with higher nic - so you can run it hot and produce lots of vape. Great for dripping. Good flavor right out of the bottle, but even better when you let it steep for about a week. I can (and do) vape it all day.
Posted by AnnieM on Jul 05, 2014
I got this with XF, XS, and while it was good, almost like cotton candy, but not completely; I think it really would need a shot of flavor added (which I did not - my bad). It would probably mix well with most fruits, I think. Maybe blue raspberry would make it a bit more cotton candy like.
Posted by Channing on Jun 24, 2014
Does not taste like cotton candy but it tastes like a natural sweet candy I can cape it all day
Posted by daniel on May 20, 2014
added sweet (note not double sweet)
Its not really a cotton candy but a hint sweet vape, these are one of the flavors that you can vape on all day long and not get tired of. This flavor is best when you mix it with other fruity flavors imo.
Posted by Daniel McQueen on Aug 25, 2013
This is a light tasting flavor that I truly found I could vape on all day and not get tired of it. It wasn't overwhelming as some flavors can be sometimes. Came back to order some more.
Posted by Brad on May 13, 2013
I ordered this again, with added flavoring and man did it make a difference. I could definitely get the sweet from before but not the actual flavor of cotton candy. This time around, it definitely comes through. This flavor is great on its own if you like super sweet flavors, and is an even better mixer. Will definitely be reordering this sometime soon!
Posted by Brad on May 06, 2013
This flavor is great after I let it steep for a day or two. I also mixed this with others including cinnamon bun, hazelnut, and strawberry shortcake. The flavor is not the strongest out there but still very good. Getting it again and trying out the extra flavor shot to see how that goes.
Posted by Ellen on Dec 09, 2012
Love this flavor, and love to add extras to it also--my fave to add is bubble gum. Not only does it taste like im enjoying an indulgent treat, but people around me comment on how good it smells--my husband actually WANTS me "smoking" in his vehicle now!