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smoke ring tricks

Explanations regarding the science of smoke rings might confuse you with complicated talk of “vortices” and “fluid dynamics,” but the more simple explanation has everything to do with smoke itself, which is a collection of tiny solid, liquid, and gas particles.

If you examine the rotation of a vape ring, you’ll see that the momentum pushing through the ring continuously pulls the inside edges of the ring itself along with it. The visible smoke rotates forward, around the outside, and backward around the outside of the ring again and again. The momentum creates this rotating movement.
Hookah or e-liquid vapes tend to work best because those kinds of smoke have more viscosity, which is to say that they’re thicker. Because cigarette and marijuana smoke is always hotter and usually thinner, the smoke doesn’t get a chance to condense enough to form a visible ring. These smokes quickly dissipate due to the temperature difference upon exhale. You want your smoke to be as thick as possible and as close to room temperature, otherwise, it will disappear, literally, into thin air. Similarly, any indoor draft or wind will quickly kill your chances, which is why you rarely see sick outdoor vape tricks.

When someone propels smoke out of their mouth in that oh so special way, they’re creating a central point of pressure that moves forward, pushing the denser visible parts of the smoke outward to form the circle. Momentum continues to pull everything forward until other air interrupts the flow or the temperature of the smoke moves close enough to room temperature that the ring itself dissolves.
GQ once broke down the Vape God’s own method like this: “an opaque, well-formed O requires a sharp, percussive cough that emanates from deep within your diaphragm, like a kick pedal hitting a drum.” Part of the trick is to pull your tongue back and keep the tip down, to cradle the blast of air that you’ll shoot out.
You can make your mouth into the roundest O possible and exhale in short bursts, but it probably won’t do you any good. Much like swimming, it’s really hard to teach someone how to blow smoke rings until all at once, intuition kicks in and everything just clicks.
Don’t exhale. Less tongue. Your mouth is now a vortex cannon.
The ring should come from your throat and not your lungs. Think of it more like a cough rather than a full exhale, because you need an independent burst of air rather than a continuous stream. That’s why you might see some vape tricksters use their hands to push vape rings forward, which helps provide the momentum for the ring to keep its form.

Now check it out in motion, and in slow motion:

Don’t exhale. Less tongue. Your mouth is now a vortex cannon.