What is throat hit?
If you spend any time documenting yourself and reading some articles or forum topics on vaping, interacting with the ever-increasing e-cigarette community both online and offline, then chances are you have probably come across a diversity of culture-specific terms and phrases that may or may not make sense to you. While ecigs do provide an alternative to traditional tobacco, there are a few distinguishable differences. For many, the e-smoking experience is largely the same and they become very fond it these devices quite fast. However, for others, the effects are not quite as satisfying and, in many cases, those who are not getting a satisfactory vaping experience simply switch back to the hazardous combustibles.
When you make the switch from traditional to e-cigarettes, one of the key elements is finding an ecig or flavor with good throat hit. Throat hit is very important to almost every vaper, as it is part of what makes the experience fulfilling. Other smoking cessation products available on the market that give you nicotine don’t deliver any throat hit at all. But what is throat hit?
Throat hit refers to the sensation that nicotine creates in the throat and lungs when it’s inhaled. If you think about it, it is really a symptom of mild irritation, but smokers are accustomed to it and love it.
On the other hand, tobacco smoke, because it is actually burning the dried tobacco leafs, will produce a heavy, full hit every time, especially the full flavor varieties. When recreating this aspect electronically, and of course without the tobacco, it takes a certain degree of technology and fine tuning within the engineering to replicate the sensation with vapor. Undoubtedly, it can be achieved, and not all e-cigarette brands get it right.
The throat hit aspect one of the reasons why electronic cigarettes have worked out so well for smokers who want something other than traditional tobacco to get their nicotine fix, and probably the main reason these devices have become such popular smoking cessation accessories even though they are not advertised this way. Gums, patches and inhalers are available, and obviously, with nicotine; however, the one feature they lack is the ability to provide a throat hit like any traditional cigarette.
Some people might require a stronger throat hit while others are ok with a mild one. If a throat hit is not strong enough, it will feel like you are not inhaling anything. On the other hand, if it is too strong, it will be painful, even damaging to your throat. If you’ve been a regular smoker, you’ve certainly noticed the distinctness in throat hit between various brands of cigarettes. For example, a Marlboro Red will have a much stronger throat hit than a Marlboro Light. This is why some are craving for that stronger sensation while others prefer a lighter hit, but in the end it’s all about the throat hit.
Now, depending on what kind of smoker you are or you used to be, there are a few tips on increasing or decreasing the throat hit you get with ecigs. First of all, the nicotine concentration of your e-liquid is directly proportional with the hit you feel. Stronger concentrations tend to give a very robust hit while lower concentrations are designed for people who prefer lights. In addition, the battery voltage and atomizer resistance play a crucial role in getting a strong throat hit. If cig-a-likes do not do it for you, then it’s time to switch to a more powerful device like an AVP or a mechanical mod.