Vaper’s tongue: it has happened to everybody at some point, but to new vapers it can seem like something is going wrong. One minute everything tastes wonderful, the next and you are wondering where the flavour has gone. What is vaper’s tongue and what can you do about it?
Vaper’s tongue is the term given to the phenomenon where a person using an e-cigarette suddenly finds that they can’t taste the juice as well as they once did or at all.
Vaper’s tongue happens to almost every e-cig user at some point – especially in the early days after switching.
How long is a piece of string? For some it can be a matter of days, for others it can stretch into weeks.
No. This is something that just impacts on your ability to taste the juice. As you vape, nicotine will still enter your body and you will still be able to produce clouds.
The tongue consists of a million cells (sour, sweet, bitter, salty and umami) which tell the brain what flavours they can “taste”. Either through over-stimulation or having a dry mouth, the cells can stop functioning as they should.
Yes, that too. What we taste is inextricably linked to what we smell, as you can see from this video. In an article in The Guardian, Dr Alan Hirsch of the Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago is quoted as saying “90% of what is perceived as taste is actually smell”.
Yes, this as well. Smoking has a disastrous impact on the mouth and your ability to taste – something that gradually returns the longer you remain cigarette-free.
There are a number of steps you can work through:
For most e-cig users, one or more of the above steps will sort everything out for you…but…if the problem persists then you should be aware that there are some illnesses and medications that result in a loss of taste. If you find this is happening to you then it might be a very good idea to see your local GP.