Vaper’s Tongue: What is it and How to Fix it

If you are an avid vaper, then you’ve probably experienced a time when your e-liquid had lost its flavor intensity. Perhaps you’ve even hit a point where you can no longer taste the juice at all. Whatever you do, don’t panic! You are experiencing a very common side effect known as “vaper’s tongue” or “vaper’s fatigue”. Although it sounds scary, rest assured that your tongue is perfectly fine and the effects will eventually subside.

What is it?

Vaper’s tongue/fatigue is when you temporarily lose the ability to taste your e-liquid. Although it’s dubbed “vaper’s tongue,” the effects are actually connected to your sense of smell rather than your taste buds. Your olfactory sensors at the top of your nasal passage are what actually allow you to “taste” the e-liquid.

Basically, our tongues can taste four types of flavor: sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Our tongue can tell that a pretzel is salty and a lime is sour, but it is your olfactory sensors that tell you the pretzel is a pretzel and the lime is a lime.

It should be stated that this is not the same as tobacco dulling your senses for the long-term. This effect should only last a few hours to a few days as your olfactory sensors are using this time to recuperate.

How’d I get it?

Vapor is dehydrating. You’ve probably experienced somewhat of a dry mouth after vaping a lot. The vapor sucks up the moisture in your mouth and creates a film that covers your tongue and olfactory sensors. Because of this, it impairs your ability to taste the e-liquid.

Another reason you may experience vapor’s tongue is by vaping the same flavor over and over again. You may have thought that it was like e-juice that was changing in flavor but in fact your mouth just got tired of it. Your olfactory senses became overloaded and desensitized, which decreased your ability to taste the flavor.

How do I fix it?

Vapor’s fatigue is not a permanent thing and can be fixed. The first step you’ll want to take is to hydrate yourself, especially when vaping. Dehydrating is mostly the reason you are experiencing vapor’s tongue to begin with. Drink a lot of water to eliminate dry mouth and the film over your olfactory sensors.

Another thing you should definitely do is rotate your e-liquids. It may be tough to ditch your all day vape, but changing it up will lessen the chance of vapor’s fatigue. Try to switch up the flavor profile completely and keep a rotation going that way you won’t overstimulate your senses with just one taste.

Waking up your pallet is another remedy. You can gargle with some minty mouthwash to keep your mouth fresh and hydrated. Some say that vaping a menthol e-liquid will wake up your senses and reduce the duration of vaper’s tongue. You could also try chewing on something sour or ginger flavored to shock your senses.

The last remedy we have for you is to go sniff some coffee grounds. It sounds weird, but if you’ve ever been perfume/cologne shopping then you’ve probably seen little containers of coffee beans lying around. That’s because coffee helps cleanse the olfactory receptors.

If you’re trying to combat vapor’s tongue and need to switch up your e-liquid options, check out some of our brands on Instagram. We have a variety of flavor profiles to choose from.

6 Common Misconceptions about Vaping

Sometimes it seems like there’s a lot of misinformation about vaping among those who don’t vape. While it’s not uncommon for these people to be concerned about the potential health risks of vaping, myths can be spread in the process. Unfortunately, these misconceptions can have an effect on the vaping industry and change how this great alternative to smoking is viewed by society. Read on to learn about six of the more common ones.

1. Vaping is as Dangerous as Smoking

Many people will be quick to say that vaping is just as harmful as smoking cigarettes. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, Public Health England recently conducted a study and discovered that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking. It also cited vaping as an effective method to actually quit smoking for good. People all over the world are switching to it so they can avoid the damage that cigarettes do to their bodies.

2. Secondhand Vapor is Hazardous

Like secondhand smoke, non-vapers have been wary of the effects of inhaling secondhand vapor, often claiming it’s unsafe to be around. Several studies have been completed on the effects of vapor emitted from e-cigarettes. In one that was conducted last year, it was found that indoor air and normal, exhaled breath had more volatile organic compounds than e-cigarette aerosol. The findings also illustrated that less toxic compounds were detected in the vapor compared with exhaled breath. Secondhand vapor is relatively harmless, especially in comparison to secondhand cigarette smoke.

3. Products are Unregulated

Before the FDA established its regulations on vaping, people cited vaping as unsafe because the products and practices weren’t regulated by the government. However, even before this change, the vaping industry generally regulated itself. Products have been restricted to adults who are eighteen and over, e-liquids containing nicotine are clearly labeled, and more. A growing number of companies are completely dedicated to delivering high quality products, crafted with safe ingredients, to their customers.

4. Products are Marketed to Children

On the contrary, stores and manufacturers do not want e-cigarettes and their accessories to end up in the hands of those who are underage. Before sales to minors were banned, many stores still refuse to sell these products without carding the individual to ensure that they’re eighteen or over. There are also claims that by producing sweet flavors based on candy and desserts, e-liquids are being advertised to children. However, the reality is that a large part of the vaping industry really is based around all the unique flavors, and many sweet ones just happen to be popular among adults.

5. Vaping will Lead to Cigarette Smoking

The vast majority of the vaping industry consists of former smokers who have successfully kicked their habit. Actually, vaping in general is built around trying to help people quit smoking. There are very few new vapers that weren’t former smokers. In addition, many people continue to vape because of all the new flavors to try and enjoy, as well as participating in the extensive local and online communities. Smoking traditional cigarettes doesn’t have the same feel or taste of vaping either. It also costs much more. Why would someone switch from the better alternative to the less desirable option?

6. E-Cigarettes are Unsafe to Operate

There have been tragic stories in the news regarding e-cigarette explosions, usually involving a teen using an advanced mod. As a result, people have labelled these products as hazardous, no matter how carefully they’re handled. The truth is, mechanical mods are designed for only experienced users that are of age. It’s only through misuse that they can potentially harm the vaper.

Spreading this false information will only negatively affect the progress than the vaping industry has made the past few years. We need to go out there and do what’s necessary to combat these lies, showing what a worthwhile, beneficial substitute vaping is to smoking cigarettes. Vaping continues to be one of the most effective ways to stop smoking cigarettes.