So what is vapor’s fatigue (vapor’s tongue) ? Well, this when you are no
longer able to “taste” the flavor of the e juice you’re vaping. This is due to
olfactory fatigue, also known as odor fatigue or olfactory adaptation. It is
inability to distinguish or “taste” a particular odor or “flavor” after
Now that we know what vapor’s fatigue is let’s talk some reasons why it may
happen, how you can overcome it and prevent it.
It is well known amongst analog smokers that smoking dulls your sense of taste.
As you make the switch from analog cigarettes to electronic cigarettes your
ability to taste will improve over time. Unfortunately, sometimes with this increased
sensation your olfactory senses will be overloaded and shut down causing the
accursed vapor’s fatigue. Do not panic this is completely normal and simply
your olfactory senses’ way of recuperating. This may happen several times as
your sense of taste returns and should only last for a few hours or in some
cases a few days. Eventually, your body will adjust and this should no longer
keep happening. In this case of vapor’s fatigue just wait it out.
Vaporizing will dehydrate you no matter what. Vapor absorbs any moisture in
surrounding air. Your mouth contains a lot of moisture. Hence, when you vape
the vapor absorbs the moisture in your mouth. If too much moisture is absorbed
it will result in dry mouth: a condition where a thin film forms on the inside
of your mouth isolating your tongue and olfactory senses. Hence, you experience
vapor’s fatigue. To remedy this case and/or to prevent it from happening simply
increase your water intake. Personally, this is type of vapor’s fatigue I used
to suffer from the most. I am a heavy diet soda drinker and at one point was getting
dry mouth then vapor’s fatigue after any vape session that lasted more than 5
minutes. I switched to only drinking water while vaping and have had no
If you vape the same flavor all day every day your olfactory senses can
become desensitized to that particular flavor. For example say your all day
everyday vape was blueberry. You loved blueberries as a kid . Then you notice after vaping blueberry daily
for 6 months that the flavor is getting weaker and weaker. Then one day you
can’t taste the blueberry at all, you’ve become desensitized to the flavor.
Fear not, to remedy this case of vapor’s fatigue you can take two approaches:
switch to a new flavor or have a flavor rotation. I personally think that
having a vaping rotation is the best method. When I first started vaping all I
vaped was Cinnamon Roll. Eventually, I couldn’t taste the flavor anymore. My
olfactory senses had adapted. I then started rotating between 4 flavors and now
I have no problems tasting Cinnamon Roll. You can also to take the approach of
just switching flavors: i.e. switching from Cinnamon Roll to Butterscotch. I
would recommend changing your flavors up significantly and choose this method.
For example if you usually vape Cinnamon Roll and can’t taste the flavor
anymore I would recommended trying to vape one of our other flavors like peanut butter or chocolate mint instead of trying to vape something
similar to Cinnamon Roll like Sticky Bun.
Still having issues with vapor’s fatigue? Well, a trick commonly employed
by wine tasters and perfume mixologists is to inhale fresh coffee grounds.
Coffee interacts with specific chemicals in the olfaction sensors and will in
turn cause your olfactory senses to reset. So put down that e-cig, smell some
coffee grounds and/or have a cup of coffee.
(Article in part from Mt baker)