Fun with water vapor: Tricks you can learn with your e-cigarette

E-cigarettes vaporize liquid in a cartridge that produces a smoke-like vapor you can exhale for a feeling similar to smoking a traditional cigarette. While the vapor dissipates pretty quickly, and without the pesky lingering smell, you can still have a little fun with it. Here are a few ideas for how to take your e-cig experience to the next level:

The dragon
Most of the time, you probably exhale water vapor from your e-cigarette through your mouth, but if you're feeling a bit silly you can try something different. Blowing the water vapor out through your nose can make you feel like a dragon. The trick is to exhale very slowly so the vapor can billow out much like it would from the nostrils of a fire-breathing fantasy character. It also works best if you make up some fun dragon noises to accompany your trick.

French inhale
This is sort of the opposite of the dragon. For this, you'll be inhaling the vapor through your nose. Take a puff from the e-cig and let the vapor pool in your mouth. Then, open it no more than half an inch and breathe in through your nose. You'll need to practice to get this trick right, and doing so in front of a mirror will help you know if you're doing it correctly. If you can capture it at just the right moment, the image of vapor trailing from your mouth to nose can look pretty cool.

Fun with cups
Get a cup of water and a straw. If you can get a dome lid like they have for fancy drinks and Slurpees, that is ideal, as it creates a nice housing for the vapor. Take a puff of your e-cig and hold the smoke in your mouth. Then, blow it gently through the straw and watch as the bubbles rise and burst. The dome, if you have one, will begin to fill with vapor that will slowly pour from the top of the lid. You can also blow vapor through the straw by itself, giving you the ability to have a little bit of fun by maybe concealing the straw and surprising a friend with a random burst of vapor. Get creative with it, but remember to do this with a spare glass of water, as the vapor will change the taste of the liquid.

Bubbles
Much like you did with the straw in the water, you can trap smoke in soap bubbles as well. This one takes a bit more practice, but it can be done. The key is to not fully inhale the vapor so it stays as visible as possible. Get your bubble wand ready before you take in a mouthful of vapor. Then, gently blow a bubble. The vapor will be trapped inside until the bubble pops, and when it does, the wisp of vapor just looks cool.

Perhaps the most ideal trick to learn is the ring, but since this one takes a bit of explaining, we'll be featuring a step-by-step guide soon, so be sure to check back regularly!

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