My journey into vaping

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Day 101, Flavours one-oh-one – why vapers like flavours and why they’re important.

When I bought my very first cigalike I got a standard tobacco flavour. It didn’t taste much like tobacco, but it was pleasant enough. Then I decided to try to switch completely. If it hadn’t been for different flavours, I wouldn’t have made it past day three of vaping when all my tobacco flavours suddenly started tasting really harsh. Tobacco flavour started me vaping, sweet flavours helped me stay switched, and now the flavours make the experience better than smoking ever was for me.

I make my own juice, so my juice isn’t on the market at all and so therefore isn’t designed to attract anyone but me. I add sweet flavours to my juice, and I give them whimsical names because it makes me smile. My latest concoction is a bubblegum flavour, which for various complex reasons I have named, “Nanny says, ‘No’.” and I love it. I stopped chewing bubblegum because I had braces on my teeth and got out of the habit of chewing gum. I do still love the flavour though. I feel as if I’m at a flavours anonymous meeting here, “Hi, I’m Beki, I am 43 years old and I love bubblegum flavour eliquid.”  I do buy premixed juices and concentrates as well, but seldom buy tobacco flavours at all now.  I’ve tried two different tobacco flavours that are quite nice this week, but generally the only reason I’ll buy them is to let my smoking friends try something that they might like when they (inevitably) ask to try a puff.

Why do vapers like sweet flavours? Because the base eliquid is slightly sweet. Putting a savoury flavour in really doesn’t work. The closest thing to a savoury flavour that seems to work is cucumber, but it tastes more like melon in an eliquid which is probably why it works. Why so many flavours? Because if you vape the same thing, day in day out, you stop tasting it. Like perfume fatigue; you stop smelling your favourite scent, so you douse yourself with it and the rest of the world faints as you pass. Yes, that goes for air fresheners and washing powder and conditioner too. I hate the fact that I walk past some people or houses and get knocked flat by floral overload. It’s the modern day equivalent of the ‘Brut’ force and ignorance of the crowds of young men in the late 70s. It astonishes me that a lot of the people who believe themselves to be healthy eco-warriors and attack me for vaping douse themselves and their homes in artificial chemical scents.

What other flavours do I love? Custard, coconut and caramel, caramel, murray mint, creme caramel, fruits of the forest, raspberry ripple, apple pie, blueberry, banana, peach, cotton candy, mint and aniseed. In fact too many to list. The first thing any smoker wants is a tobacco flavour, but what most vapers want is something that tastes nicer than tobacco. This means that the final outcome of restricting flavours would be to limit the number of people able to completely switch from smoking to vaping, which would be a disaster. As one of my twitter friends pointed out, if you asked an expert what he believed was at stake in the fight to be allowed to vape, what do you think he’d say?


Image with the kind permission of @CaeruleanSea .

If we seem to be shouting loudly about all this, just remember what’s at stake. Vaping is working as it exists today, and the flavours are part of the reason that it works to help adult smokers switch. If it aint broke, don’t ‘fix’ it.


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