All the evidence so far suggests that vaping is far less harmful than smoking tobacco (though that’s not to say it’s completely safe). Even so, you may experience some side effects when vaping. Thankfully, the side effects associated with vape use are quite mild, but it’s worth knowing about these things.
There are tons of different types of Vape, cans, coils, and e-liquids on the market. With so many products, different people may experience drastically different effects and side effects. Here are a few we should be aware of.
A dry mouth is probably the most common side effect of vaping. If you’ve ever experienced dry mouth while vaping, you may be wondering what causes it. The answer can be found in the two basic components of e-juice; namely Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG).
PG and VG cause dry mouth because they are hygroscopic, that is, they strongly attract and absorb water molecules. The absorbent nature of PG and VG means that the vape cloud absorbs moisture from your mouth as you inhale into your lungs. Prolonged or repeated exposure to PG and VG, such as when using sub-ohm devices or vaping chains, increases the chance of dry mouth.
Excessive vaping, especially if you are dehydrated, can also lead to a phenomenon known as vaping. The tongue of Vapes describes the sudden and unexpected loss of the ability to taste vape juice. If this has happened to you, you don’t need to worry. The tongue-in-cheek vapes, while unpleasant, are harmless and dissipate on their own.
The best way to reduce the chances of developing vaping tongue is to stay hydrated. Your taste buds are very sensitive and function best when you’re producing enough saliva.
It’s obvious that smoking significantly reduces your ability to taste different flavors. If you both vape and vape, quitting tobacco once and for all is sure to enhance the pleasure of whatever you put in your mouth.
Throat/Upper Airway Irritation
An inflamed, raw, or sore throat can be the result ofseveralf possibilities. Nicotine is as much an irritant as propylene glycol, and certain flavorings have been known to cause mild reactions in some people.
Overall, the perception among vapers is that high-intensity nicotine is the most common cause of sore throats while vaping. This is especially true in e-liquids that contain a high percentage of propylene glycol in addition to high nicotine.
If you are new to vaping, you may have a bad cough at first. The cough produced by vaping, especially when you’re transitioning from burning tobacco for the first time, is more of a stinging stimulus than a deep, tight chest thing.
Vaping is like smoking, it takes a little getting used to. Vaping is made more complicated by the fact that each can has a slightly different draw resistance, each device has a different firing time, etc.
There are some devices made for mouth-to-lung (Max) nebulization and others for direct-to-lung (Max). Max vaping is most like smoking a cigarette, in that the vapor is drawn first into the mouth and then into the lungs. By contrast, Max vaping involves inhaling vapor directly into the lungs and exhaling immediately.
Max e-cigarettes are typically used with 3mg or weaker e-liquids. Consuming juices with a concentration greater than 6mg may make you cough up a mess and is not recommended.
Headaches are one of the most common side effects of quitting smoking, so if you’re planning to quit or recently quit, don’t be surprised if you experience head discomfort.
Even if you use nicotine replacement products such as e-cigarettes or nicotine patches, headaches can still occur after quitting smoking.This is mainly because nicotine is not the only compound you absorb when you smoke, and it takes your body to adjust to the lack of these compounds.
Another common cause of headaches is dehydration, so make sure you’re drinking enough water before blaming your vaping devices for your headaches.
While vaping has all the benefits over smoking (cost, health, smell, etc.), vaping has a property of tobacco that vaping doesn’t get — a built-in blocker. As opposed to cigarettes and any other form of combustible tobacco, there is a built-in dose at play – if the tobacco is exhausted, you wait until you feel the urge to smoke again. With vaping, a single jar can hold many days’ worth of e-liquid, so vapers must rely on intuition and feel to know when to stop.
Since there is no built-in cut-off point, it is relatively easy to overdose on nicotine when you first start vaping. Excessive use of the vape can cause dizziness and even nausea. Thankfully, most people learn relatively quickly how much of a top-of-the-line e-cigarette is used at a time.
Another potential cause of dizziness while vaping could be hyperventilation. Removing multiple tokens, or especially deep tokens, from your device increases the chance of dizziness, so always allow plenty of time between drags.
Nicotine has several profound effects on the human body. One of the most immediate effects of nicotine is the appetite of the person who inhales it. Nicotine is an effective appetite suppressant, so people who start vaping (and may overdo it) may experience changes or less hunger. Lower hunger may cause a person to eat less, which can quickly translate into weight loss.
Like vaping-related dizziness, appetite suppression from nicotine use tends to wear off quickly. Consult your doctor if you notice prolonged appetite suppression or severe weight fluctuations.
In a way, nicotine is a rather strange drug. It is a mild stimulant, but in some cases, it can also act as a sedative. If you start to feel tired, which you suspect is related to your vaping habit, it could be a “mood low” from the stimulating effects of nicotine.
If you’ve ever had more coffee than you should have, you’ve probably had first-hand experience of a “caffeine crash,” the feeling of sluggishness, lethargy, and sluggishness when the stimulant wears off.
All former Vape users will be familiar with the lung and chest irritation that tobacco smoke can cause.
People new to vaping can expect a period of adjustment. During this time, your throat and lungs may be irritated, which is a common cause of chest pain among vapers. Other sources of chest pain include too high a nicotine strength, vaping at too high a temperature, and a special flavoring called cinnamaldehyde.
If you are a seasoned vaper and start to experience chest pain, please stop doing anything that causes it! Change your e-liquid, nicotine strength, wattage and temperature.
Chest pain is a symptom of many serious health conditions and should be treated as such.
Most of the side effects of vaping are a direct result of inhaling nicotine, but some are specific to vaping. The key detail to keep in mind is the purpose of vaping — it’s a harm reduction device, not a health tool. Even so, the side effects of vaping are far less harmful than the toxic effects of burning tobacco.
We at vapingvibe are serious vaping enthusiasts and are very knowledgeable about all things vape related. Obviously, we are not medical professionals and nothing written here should be considered medical advice. The world of vaping devices is still too young to properly assess long-term health risks. Always consult a credentialed physician before starting to vape.