Many new vapers want to find vape juice flavors that mimic the taste of their favorite cigarettes. However, there really are no flavors that taste exactly like a cigarette, although some can come really close.
Vapor vs. Smoke – Why Vape Juice Flavors are Different
When you smoke a traditional cigarette, you’re not just inhaling the flavor of the tobacco or menthol. You’re also inhaling thousands of other chemicals. The taste of those chemicals blends in with the flavor of the tobacco smoke.
When you vape, the only flavors you inhale are the PG/VG blend, the nicotine (if you use a nicotine-based ejuice) and the flavoring added. And nothing else.
So while you may find vape juice flavors that are close to what you used to smoke, they will not be an exact match. New vapers may even find blends that work best in the transition from smoking but are completely different from what they smoked in a cigarette.
For instance, when I used to smoke, I never liked menthol cigarettes. They always tasted and felt too harsh on my throat and taste buds. I always smoked light tobacco cigarettes, but never menthol.
When I started vaping, I found that the menthol flavor was best suited for my taste. I felt a stronger throat hit with menthol so that’s what I vape now.
Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Smoking Habits
When you make the decision to transition from smoking to vaping, it’s critical that you put some thought into it. You’re making an important life decision to quit smoking, so you want the process to go as smoothly as possible.
If you get it wrong, you may find yourself picking up a fresh pack of cigarettes instead of sticking to your decision to vape.
These questions will help guide you in the process so you’ll be successful at quitting smoking and committing to vaping.
- What flavor and strength of cigarette tobacco did you smoke? Did you smoke regular strength, not lights or ultra-lights? You may want to start with a full flavor tobacco vape juice with a higher level of nicotine.
You may have to experiment with different brands of tobacco vape juice flavors until you find a good match. Remember, not all cigarette brands taste the same. And not every ejuice manufacturer produces the same taste either.
I actually blend a menthol from one brand with a regular tobacco from a different brand to get a good mix for my vaping.
- How heavy of a smoker were you? If you smoked less than a pack a day, you can probably start with vape juice flavors with 12mg – 16mg nicotine levels.
If you were a heavy smoker, start with the highest level of 24mg and slowly reduce the nicotine level over time.
- Did you smoke menthol cigarettes regularly? If so, you may want to taste a variety of menthol blends. Remember, not all menthol blends are the same either, so you may have to try a few. Some menthol ejuices are a little more minty than others.
My favorite menthol blends are still a little too menthol-y for my tastes so I mix them with a variety of non-menthol flavors to get the right taste.
Non-Tobacco and Non-Menthol Vape Juice Flavors
Once you’ve made a smooth transition from cigarette smoking to vaping and you’ve found the ideal flavor for you, you may want to experiment with a variety of other flavors.
Maybe you’ll find that your regular tobacco and/or menthol is great for your first vape of the day, but you’re looking for something with more flavor for the rest of the day.
Don’t get carried away though or you could end up spending more money on vape juice than you did buying cigarettes! The best suggestion is to wait until your favorite vape shop has some sales and only try one new flavor at a time.
It’s also suggested that you use a different vape tank for each flavor you use. You don’t want to mix your flavors; i.e., have the residual menthol flavor mix with your grape for example.
If you don’t want to buy a second tank right away, there are ways around it. Before filling the tank with a different flavor, clean out the tank really well. Replace the coil with a fresh, new coil. This should get rid of any residual flavors that would otherwise mix with a new one.
If you use Clearomizers, you’ll have to use a whole new Clearomizer since they have wicks that can’t be cleared of any residual flavors.
Vape Juice Flavors are a Personal Choice
One person’s sweet grape may be another person’s sour lemon. The best advice is to try the flavor for yourself before buying a big bottle. Buy the smallest bottle of a new flavor first to see if you like it. See if the vape shop has samples that you can try before you buy.
The best way to ensure that you’ll be successful in your transition from smoking to vaping is to trust your own taste buds. Don’t give up if you don’t find the perfect vape juice flavors right away. It may take a little bit of time, but it’s definitely worth the journey.