“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
Enjoy the warmth of cup of freshly brewed Hawaiian coffee in every puff
Made with All Natural Flavoring
Posted by Unknown on Apr 05, 2018
This one was aweful .... I was disappointed
Posted by nancy s martillini shaub on Feb 20, 2018
Love this, add a little caramel and it's a macchiato.
Posted by Jeff Glander on Oct 03, 2017
Kona delight is an excellent coffee and cream flavor. Unlike some coffee flavors (purchased at local vape shop) it doesn't deposit gunk on the coil or clog the wick.
I do wish it would appear on the list of flavors on the "Create Your Own" wizard, but I would like to see all the AN&O flavors there.
Posted by sara on Sep 27, 2017
I'm an ex cigarette smoker... used to smoke 3 packs a day! And quit for good in 2013 when I discovered vaping. Being allergic to PG., I've always Vaped 100% VG... which has limited my selection and vendors.... I used another online company to buy my vape liquid, but their quality became inconsistent after they changed ownership... So I did a google search for 100% VG and found EC Blend...& don't plan on ordering from anyone else!
Ec blend Kona is my absolute favorite flavor- ever.... Their quality is always constistently EXCELLENT! I am a coffee fanatic, and inhaling this sweet, delicious coffee is the most satisfying vape experience ever!!
If you're into coffee flavors- I recommend this flavor 100%!!!
I have purchased other flavors for friends and although I haven't tried them personally I can tell you they smell amazing and true to flavor... and my friends are just as hooked on Ec blend as I am!
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Posted by Justin Maas on Jan 26, 2016
I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would, but I can say that it's a damn good representation of a sweet coffee. This was fun for me to vape while drinking gourmet coffee as the flavors blended together very well and I ended up going through the bottle pretty fast. Not my favorite flavor, but definitely one to try if you like your coffee!
Posted by Sarah Chandler on Mar 30, 2015
Smooth, creamy and simply delicious! I admit I mix this with other flavours! This is one of my favourites, am thrilled with Kona Delight
Posted by Oregon Coast Girl on Mar 28, 2015
I opted for an extra flavor shot & added sweetness and I really enjoy it so ordering more in a larger size. My husband really dislikes it, so I'll be keeping this one all to myself!
Posted by Evan on Jul 07, 2014
When they discontinued the AN&O Toffee, I was devastated, so I went looking for a replacement. If you like those coffee/toffee/chocolate flavors and want it in AN&O, here you go. It is also the best for it does not destroy coils, actually, it's rare for a coil to last so long with a flavor, so I love this one. I am using Protank Coils - 2.2 ohms. Offering the large size would be nice. Thank you ECBlend!
Posted by Joseph Pereira on Jul 06, 2014
This flavor is good, and taste a lot like Arabic coffee. It reminds me of Arabic Coffee Shisha as well. It is slightly sweet, and has a nutty, anise undertone mixed with coffee. If you like Arabic Coffee this is for you. I would suggest adding an extra shot of flavor.
Posted by Unknown on Feb 21, 2014
I love ecBlend but not this flavor
Posted by L.R. on Jun 19, 2013
This flavor is hard to describe. It does not have a strong coffee flavor at all and is not sweet. It is more of a warm, almost nutty flavor. It's mellow and subtle. I highly recommend trying a 5ml.
Posted by Marcia T on Nov 02, 2012
This flavor is GREAT to vape, but others complain about the terrible odor. It has been mentioned by several it's like and old urine smell and quite putrid.
My room-mate, best-friend and I love the vape, but those smelling it complain.
Posted by Marcia T on Oct 05, 2012
Very nice subtle flavor with a hint of sweetness and a creaminess on the exhale. This one I found myself purposely exhaling out my nose.
I am not one for flavors that have any sweetness.. but this one is very nice!
When I order again, I will try it with x-tra flavor.
Relaxing flavor. Vaping with the Sunrise cartomizer. Even being 100% VG I get a bit of a throat hit.
Vaping for several years now, I am very impressed and SATISFIED with the majority of EC flavors.
Thanks for yet ANOTHER 5 star e-liquid!