Can e-cigarettes improve your sense of taste and smell?
We have talked in the past about how vaping can have a positive effect on your wallet, your health and even what you smell like.
But let’s talk about another benefit, one that hasn’t been discussed much in pro and anti-vaping circles – the effect of vaping on how you enjoy food.
Traditional Smoking and Smell
Before we talk about its positive effects, we’ll look at traditional cigarette smoking and what it does to your sense of smell and taste.
As you’re probably aware, smoking deteriorates your sense of smell, but the negative effect might be even stronger than you think. This analysis of smokers and smell from the University of Pennsylvania argues that smell can be damaged for years after quitting cigarettes: “In the past, many believed the ability to smell was restored within weeks after quitting smoking,” said Richard L. Doty, director of Penn’s Smell and Taste Centre and one of the three authors of the study in today’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. “Our study shows that’s not true. It can often take many years for the ability to smell to be restored to normal.”
Richard E. Frye, a Penn scientist and another author of the study, added, ”If you’ve been smoking two packs a day for 10 years and you quit smoking, it will probably take 10 years before your ability to smell returns to normal.”
Doty argues that sense of smell can be used to determine potential illnesses like Parkinson’s and Alzheimers. He also says that deteriorating smell impacts on overall quality of life, and it’s hard to argue – a life without smelling bread baking, flowers in bloom, cut grass, a favourite whiskey or wine, smoky bacon, warm toast or a partner’s fragrance is a life compromised.
Traditional Smoking and Taste
Moving from smell onto taste, a cigarette smoker’s tongue works differently to that of a non-smoker. Time Magazine reported on a taste-related study of smokers: “The study, published this week in the journal BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders not only tested subjects’ taste thresholds, but also examined parts of the tongue known as fungiform papillae, which are known to house high concentrations of taste buds. There too, there was a dramatic difference: 79% of the smokers had fewer of the structures, and those they did have tended to have decreased blood supply and be flatter compared with those of non-smokers.”
E-Cigarettes and the senses
We would argue that vaping is not only better for your nose and your taste buds, but that it can also sometimes work as a food or drink enhancer. Because vaping doesn’t have to smell and taste like a cigarette (though it can if you’d like), its variety of flavours can work as an accompaniment or compliment to your meal.
Would you like a sweet taste after a meal, but without the calories? Try the strawberry. Want a muffin taste to go with your morning coffee? Try the blueberry flavour. Are you used to a smoke with your tea break? Go for an old-fashioned British tobacco flavour. Do American cigarettes go with bourbon in your life? We’d recommend the American tobacco-tinged vaping.
What’s even more exciting is that vaping technology is constantly evolving and innovating, so you can expect more flavours, more meal enhancements and more reasons not to smoke in months and years to come. What are you waiting for?
Let us know your favourite flavour!