- Created: 22 February 2011
The state of tobacco vapes is comical. There are three categories of tobacco vape. 1. Ridiculous, and I'm not giving them any lip service. 2. Creative, those vapes that claim tobacco yet exhibit no apparent trace of it, and despite that make the brain think tobacco. These vapes, despite the lack of convincing tobacco elements, paint a compelling picture of tobacco when done well. Comprises most of the good tobacco vapes. 3. Genuine, those vapes which represent as true a representation of tobacco as you could honestly hope for in a vape.
I can think of maybe 7 or 8 Genuine tobacco vapes, and only one of them is one of my favorite vapes. Sad statement on how well we do bottling the magic of tobacco. want2vape ACID Blondie is about as close as you're going to come to real tobacco in a vape. BWB Virginia has a very compelling tobacco element. Vaperite's tobaccos, if mild, are true.
The people who are getting it right the hard way have done so by recreating elements of tobacco. Halo Torque 56 has a very cigarette-like exhale. Halo Bella Valente, VS Tampa, VS Texas, VtR W-J-G Tobac, TW BL Real Tabs (a company I dislike vehemently, so don't accuse me of plugging my favorite vendors here), Puff Cigarette Next tobaccos, and more, all create an image of tobacco in the mind that has depth and color. These are vapes that some very smart people have made that push the tobacco button in our minds. I'm not against this, but it needs to be done with skill and artistry to be interesting. Most all of it tastes better than smoking a cigarette, so if you give me cigarette-like impact to go with your better-living-through-chemistry juice, I'm ok with that.
I still smoke the infrequent cigar and bowl of pipe tobacco. You can't recreate that in a juice with any convincing realism. Vaping keeps me from smoking cigarettes. Given a choice between the two, I would pick vaping. That doesn't mean I need to be happy vaping DK Tab for the rest of my life.
The bottom line is, tobacco is an object of infatuation for some of us. The current state of tobacco vapes is desperate. The market is wide open for some bright people to roll up their sleeves and say "mystery nut flavored juice with throat hit is not good enough!".
The good news is, we are on the precipice.