“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 !!
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(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
Ooh La La! Anything but ordinary, our French Vanilla eliquid is a delicious vape that's full of flavor
Made with All Natural Flavoring
Posted by Elzie Givens on Oct 24, 2017
This is good for an all day vape. I like it fresh and have never really let it steep.
Posted by JENNIFER on Oct 01, 2017
I really like the vanilla as it is light and pleasant.
Posted by Jake on Dec 19, 2014
It was good at first, but then after a few days, the flavor was gone and all I could taste was this harsh irritating flavor that hurt my nostrils when I breathed out. Flavor just got worse, and now I'm stuck with half a container of useless ejuice. Won't re order this.
Posted by Evie Hadlock on Sep 15, 2014
I vape vanilla and will vape vanilla as long as its carried HERE. My last order was excellent. I could taste the vanilla even tho it was fresh. I should have gotten the four ounce size but......now I'm ordering again.
I don't like it sweet. I love it steeped if I can hold on long enough. But I know whats in my vape and am comfortable with it. If you didn't like yours, let it sit or add one of the dragon series to it. Get Extra flavor vanilla.
Posted by Derrick on Sep 03, 2014
I usually steep my liquid for a week or two before using it, but I couldn't wait to try this one. Right out of the mailbox the vanilla flavor was great! So, I decided to steep it for a week and really let the flavor mature. Big mistake. It doesn't taste anything like it did when I first got it. As a matter of fact, it now tastes like pepper. Not that pepper is a bad flavor, but it wears on the palette after an hour or so. I have no problems withe consistency of this 100% VG liquid. Working great in my Aero Tank with a dual coil. I was afraid it would be to heavy/syrupy for a tank. Good throat hit. There is a lot that I like about it...but holy black pepper Batman!
Posted by Rosemary Collins on Apr 30, 2014
I got a 15mL bottle in 12 nic.
Aspire Nat with 1.8 coils running at 4.0v
Generally, I love my vanillas. This one was no exception. Out of the box, even though the flavor was a bit light for my tastes, it was, without a doubt, an all day vape.
BUT then I steeped it for a week.
Pepper, all I could get was pepper! I couldn't explain it! Tried different carts, taking the top off for a day, letting it steep an additional 4 days. Nothing seemed to work.
Luckily, mixed with another 100VG solution, (orange cream 12nic XF), another day of steeping and taking the cap off. the flavors are vapable.
From the hundreds of flavors I've tried (about 20 of those EC) this one is an anomaly. In my opinion, don't let this one steep very long. Sounds odd, but hey, that was my experience! Try a 5mL. give her a go. potential to be an excellent 100VG French Vanilla
Posted by Unknown on Mar 20, 2014
will check back after I have enough to leave alone so it can steep.the 5mil bottle didn't last 2 days with my stepson and wife...lol.hence a new order for 30 mil bottle.only grip was the bottle was below even the 5mil line.so hope that doesn't happen very much here.Rick
ECBlend: Please see the following link for bottle size fill lines :)
Posted by Chris Mitchell on Jan 18, 2014
Very good since day one. Started with the 50/50 and ended up liking the AN&O more. Add a double sweetener to the mix and let steep for two weeks. Works well with cool hit, but ended up taking it out, just wasn't the flavor I wanted to vape all day.
Posted by Caleb on Dec 15, 2013
This juice vapes similarly to the old recipe, with one exception. The new flavoring seems to have a clove or nutmeg like taste, which burns my throat. The previous recipe, while needing updated due to the sugar issue, was much smoother. The new flavor does closely match the old version, but it's unvapeable for me due to the burn. I do not recommend this if your throat is sensitive like mine.
ECBlend: The flavoring did not change. We were able to contract with our previous vendor to have a version blended for us without the addition of real sugar.
Posted by Hovig Harutunian on Jul 13, 2013
When I first got this juice I absolutely loved it. I would mix it with cool hit and vape out of my iclear30. However as time went on and it had more time to steep, the juice became far too sweet. It is very very over powering and I cant smoke it out of a atomizer by itself because it makes me cough. I suggest mixing with cool hit for a better experience.
Posted by Deb on Nov 13, 2012
I am new the the vaping world & internet searches brought me to ECBlends. I love all the options they offer!!! I ordered the French Vanilla & thought I would give it a try right out of the bottle, I found it different, lol....I have been letting it steep & come back to it every now & then, but it reminds me so much of vanilla cake batter....I didnt add anything to it except 18mg nic....has anyone else thought this?
Posted by Teresa on May 31, 2012
I really like the AN&O French Vanilla. It isn't anything like the regular French Vanilla. You don't have that really rich strong French Vanilla taste and smell. The other made me cough so I had to add Banana to it. But this one is light and smooth with a mild French Vanilla taste and lots of vapor; a good all day vape. I will be buying again in a 30 ml bottle next time. Thanks EC Blend!!