Vapor Breath? Really?
Greetings, O Vaporous Friends,
I am now closing on one month (since Nov. 18th) without tobacco. This is a big deal to me, as I've been a smoker – sometimes more, sometimes less, but rarely "never" – since 1968, when I was just 11 years old. [Yes, if you do the math, I am now 55.] The only other time I spent long without tobacco was when I FIRST discovered vapor, and lasted until my final battery and passthrough died horrible deaths. Now that I am using an OMG VV, a birthday gift from the Love of My Life ( LOML, since we all seem to like acronyms so much), I am utterly content without tobacco, and much healthier for it.
...recently, my dear LOML has gently, gently complained that I have bad breath. :(
Granted, it's nowhere near as bad as tobacco breath, which – if one's Significant Other is not a smoker – is truly bad, as we all know. "Like licking an ashtray," said my ex-wife, and for once I agree with that Formerly Important Person (FIP). Regardless of toothpaste, mouthwash, breath mints, and gum, there's little that can completely remove the acrid taste of smoke from one's mouth.
Vapor, I supposed, would give me much better breath. And it has, for the most part. But now, as I am enjoying the heck out of this VV, I wonder if the vapor is doing something similar? Or is it something altogether unrelated? The jury is out on this.
So I thought I would ask the Vapor4Life community at large – or at least those who read this particular subsection of the Forum – if anyone else has had a similar experience? Has your partner complained of bad breath due to vapor use?
I will point out that my only juice flavors right now are (1) Traditional Tobacco Nobacco and (2) New Menthol Nobacco. So perhaps, if these flavors are the issue, I should buy and use other flavors? I don't recall any complaints previously, when I was using Cinnimon Roll and other non-tobacco flavors. Could this be the issue?
Speak! Has anyone experienced any complaints from others about bad breath which they then traced to vaping? If so, what did you do about it? Or am I barking up the wrong tree? [Dental issues aren't the problem, and I am not talking about garlic or onion smells – this is different, says the LOML.] :question:
Thanks in advance!
Vapour breath? Hmmm. I must say that despite some people's claims to the contrary, vaping does smell. Some flavours smell more than others, and in my experience, menthols do smell. I can smell my NuMenthol on my clothes, in my car, even in my hair sometimes.
Neither my DH nor DD have complained about it though.
:scared: Oh dear....(sheepishly breathing into hand and checking.) LoL
I have noticed some of my stronger flavors leave me with an annoying sticky dry feeling in my mouth, so I do imagine it's possible depending on the flavor. No one at least has been brave enough to tell me my breath stinks though. I do also know dry mouth can cause nasty breath, and vaping is quite dehydrating. Yeah, logically I guess it's possible when I think about it.
For a while when I noticed I was getting really dry mouth and not drinking enough water because of vaping ..I also bought this stuff Biotene I used the gel stuff you put in your mouth against your cheek at night..well it helps but blah its like taking and putting neosporin on ur fingers and smearing it all over your cheeks and gums, kind of a pita. But I have tried the mouth spray and I really liked it. It got me through that dry period I had. I still continue to suck on my jolly ranchers all the time and drink tons and tons of water ..and chew gum all the time when not suckin on jolly ranchers lol.
Thanks for these replies (and I hope for even more).
The LOML says it's an acceptable trade-off to not have the house and car smell like smoke. I guess for ME, the biggest turn-off to regular smoking was the odor. Of course, the clincher that made me switch to 100% vaping was when I read the list of chemicals in typical tobacco smoke.
Ok, so vaping doesn't reduce the smell completely, but it beats the heck out of stinking like an ashtray.... and standing outside in all sorts of weather to get my fix. I haven't had the dry-mouth syndrome others have mentioned here, but I do realize that I've been drinking less water recently.... and that rings a bell with me. Hmmmmm.
One of the things recommended in natural remedy books for helping with bad breath is to drink more water. It makes a certain amount of sense, as the kidneys are a big part of our body's filtration and they need water to work properly. Less water = increased body toxin levels, and that can lead to bad breath. AHA. So, while vapor may have nothing to do with this breath problem of mine, your mentions of dry mouth have caused me to think about my own water-drinking habits and hit on a potential answer. I will see if increased water helps, and let you know. Thanks, one and all!
WillardRoad sir never had my wife complain about it. She does complain about certain after smells from certain flavors (No. 7 being her least favorite to a point of banning it's use in the house), but that's it.
That's too bad, Mr. M. I love the smell of No. 7. It's divine.
I guess smell, like taste, is subjective. :)
Another thing to think about is that when you no longer use tobacco products there are still bad things in your body that need to come out. This happens through your pores mainly, but I've also heard of them coming out of your gums. I'd say give it some time, drink plenty of water and see what happens. Hopefully this is just temporary for you! My DH is a smoker so he has no room to comment on my breath if he can even smell it. I vape peppermint and chew peppermint gum, so I haven't personally noticed any issues like this.
Browsing ECF threads it looks like dry mouth is the #1 reason.
Update: I increased my water intake and the complaints went away. Apparently, I didn't notice that I'd slowed my water drinking recently, for whatever reason, and this was part of the problem. Vapor was not to blame, thankfully. Now if I can just get her to be OK with the smell of good bourbon.... :whistle:
Well...vapor was a part of it since it dehydrates you. But more water is always a good thing! Glad it worked for you Willard!