Throat Hit and Your Electronic Cigarette Experience
While electronic cigarettes do provide an alternative to traditional smoking, there are a few subtle differences. For many, the e-smoking experience is largely the same. But for others, the effects are not quite as satisfying – in many cases, those who are not getting a satisfactory experience simply switch back to the smellier, more expensive traditional cigarette.
Smokers who switch back to traditional cigarettes do so mainly because they’re not getting a satisfactory throat hit, not because they don’t like electronic cigarettes
Before describing how e-smokers can get a better throat hit, we need to first explore what the term means.
Throat hit can be defined as that feeling you get in the back of your throat and in your lungs when you inhale smoke (traditional) or electronic cigarette vapor. This experience is considered to be a major component of the overall smoking experience.
Some require a stronger throat hit while others do not. If a throat hit isn’t strong enough, it will seem like you’re not inhaling anything. Conversely, if it’s too strong, it will be painful, even damaging to your throat.
If you’ve been a regular smoker, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the differences in throat hit between various brands of cigarettes. A Marlboro Red for example will have a much stronger throat hit than a Marlboro Light. Some desire that stronger sensation while others prefer a lighter hit.
Throat hit with electronic cigarettes is largely determined by the nicotine level, flavor and quality of nicotine liquid you’re using. Beyond this, it also depends on how you use your device.
In order to get a similar throat hit with an electronic cigarette, some adjustment and experimentation is required
The first place to start is how you puff, or “take a drag” on your electronic cigarette. Many traditional smokers get a satisfactory throat hit by taking strong, yet very quick drags.
Electronic cigarettes though require longer, more sustained drags and should last anywhere from three to five seconds. This generates thicker vapor, which in turn provides a stronger, more satisfying throat hit. The amount of vapor you produce has quite a strong correlation with how strong the throat hit ends of up being.
You may be thinking – it will take much longer for me to use an electronic cigarette than it will to smoke one of the traditional ones. Many vapers report though that they typically require 3-5 long drags to get the same nicotine effect. These can easily be done in the same amount of time it took to smoke a whole cigarette.
If you’re taking slow, long drags and still not getting the throat hit you’re looking for, don’t give up. There are other things you can try rather than going back to your old cigarettes
While slower, longer drags usually solve the problem of unsatisfactory throat hit, other adjustments are sometimes required. One issue could be the flavor of e-liquid you’re using.
An e-liquid’s flavor (i.e. peppermint, vanilla and peach) is one of the reasons electronic cigarettes are so exciting for many. You can get the nicotine you crave in a variety of interesting flavors rather than “burning” tobacco.
However, the flavor of your nicotine e-liquid may affect the amount of vapor you produce, and by extension, your throat hit. If you’re using a special flavor of e-liquid like cherry or vanilla and still not getting a satisfactory throat hit, consider switching to a more tobacco-based flavor.
Besides flavor, the nicotine level you choose will also drive the kind of throat hit you get with an electronic cigarette – a higher nicotine level like 24 milligrams will provide a much stronger throat hit than a 12 mg e-liquid solution for example.
Keeping your device clean and your battery charged is another step you can take to ensure you get a satisfactory throat hit. When your e-liquid is getting low in your cartomizer for example, you won’t get as good a throat hit as you would otherwise.
Remember, there’s no right or wrong “throat hit.” It all really depends on your personal preferences. If you’re a heavy smoker, you may require a heavier throat hit with your electronic cigarette. Conversely, if you were a light smoker, you’ll probably be just fine with a little less.
If a throat hit is too light, it will seem like you’re not inhaling anything and therefore not provide for a satisfactory vaping experience. If it’s too strong, it can painful or even damaging.
Cartomizers at Eversmoke, which contain the nicotine e-liquid, come in a variety of flavors ranging from traditional tobacco and menthol to the more exotic cherry, vanilla and peppermint flavors. Every flavor available in our online store comes in a range of nicotine strengths.
If you’re not getting the throat hit you desire with an electronic cigarette, don’t give up and go back to those old cigarettes. With a little time and patience, you should be able to eventually find the throat hit you’re looking for.