The moral of today’s story is this. What happens at the beginning of your vaping journey isn’t the pattern set for the rest of your vaping life. Please note; this whole post is directed at adults who have either taken up vaping, or are interested in making the switch to vaping from smoking tobacco. I am not a medical professional, I have no medical qualifications, and I make no medical claims. I am presenting my personal opinion only.
Back on Day Two of my journey, I was having problems. Everything was tasting dry and harsh. I wrote about one juice “I was fine at first, even enjoyed it, but after a couple of hours it wasn’t so much a throat hit as a throat-grab-and-hold-you-down-till-you-beg-for-mercy.” I blamed the PG because a lower PG juice tasted better and kept me vaping. Today I watched my violently anti-ecig smoker friend try a puff on the Liberty Flights CE4 which Liberty Flights sent me as a thank you gift. More about that in a future post. I’ve been using it myself with the PG based XO tobacco flavour that came with it for the last 24 hours. So, she tried it, a long gentle drag and she coughed. Tried again, a more gentle puff, and she was ok, again and a cough. A toot on my Vamp Vape (50/50 12mg in the dripper) was an even stronger negative reaction.
What I didn’t realise back when I first started is that the new vaper – even a heavy smoker – can get a cough reflex or a mild irritation from vaping when they first start. Even though tobacco smoke is demonstrably harmful, a smoker is used to it, and the body accepts it. Vaping is a new sensation, the throat-hit feeling is different from smoking a tobacco cigarette. I probably also had “quitter’s throat” which is the sore throat many people find they have when giving up smoking whatever method they use. A few months into vaping and my tolerances have changed. I’m vaping a higher PG juice, albeit with a lower nicotine level, and I’m enjoying it for the first time. Your experience might be different.
Back then I wrote ” Don’t get more than 10ml of any one ejuice, get a variety from different vendors, get different strengths and before you blame your set up, try another strength and PG/VG ratio. Keep the juices you don’t like though. They’ll taste totally different 3 months from now.” and I was right. They taste different for two reasons, one they’ve steeped and two my tastebuds and tolerances have changed. Very few people are PG sensitive; I’m not or I would have had reactions to other things with PG in them before now. I’ve tried an Aga-T, an RSST, a Kayfun, a fogger, mini protanks, an Aspire, an Igo-W dripper and an Orieco storm dripper. All of those things produced more or less a decent vape, once set up as well as I could. I come back to the Igo-W, the RSST and the Storm mostly for lack of faff. They all differ from each other in subtle ways, but I won’t put my hand up and say that any one of them is the must have be all and end all of vaping for me. The CE4 on an ego battery is a nice vape, it compares really well with the drippers and the RSST. If you’re using what they call ‘low end’ gear and you’re having hassles, don’t be quick to ‘upgrade’ thinking it’ll make a huge difference to the vape you’re getting. I don’t believe it will. My opinion is subject to change though. If you’re going through a similar rough patch in the first few weeks or months of vaping, it might just be a case of getting through it. Back then watermelon squish was my answer, and oh boy am I grateful it did the trick for me or I might have been one of those smokers saying “I tried one of those once, load of rubbish.”
My friend says that the XO tobacco flavour was too sweet, and my vamp vape was sickly sweet to her. I’ve sent for a couple of dryer flavoured tobacco PG based flavours for her, and she’s looking forward to trying some. I don’t care if she doesn’t switch, it really makes no odds to me. I’m just really pleased she’s willing to try some juices and tell me what she thinks. If the juices I’ve sent for turn out to be right for her and she wants to try to switch, then she’ll get the CE4 Ego kit. Yes, juice is subjective and it will never follow that just because I like it, then you’ll love it. Be willing to try new stuff, and stay open minded. There are so many lovely juices out there, that even though I have found two juices that I would class as an all day vape, I won’t limit myself to just them. Trying new flavours is after all one of the best things about vaping.
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