If you check the popular vaping keywords on your website analytics, there are a set of unique questions that will pop up numerous times. Some of the most frequently asked questions incidentally are “Am I a chain smoker?” “Am I vaping too much” “How much is too much?” It’s understandable for someone who has just started vaping to seek answers to these questions, and quite frankly, we all do. So, back to the question, how can you tell if you are a chain vaper? How do you quantify it? By how much juice you go through? Let’s take a deeper analysis.
What is Chain Vaping?
If you were a chain smoker, you probably know what it’s like to be a chain vaper. For those who aren’t familiar with the habit, you’ve probably come across those smokers who’d light one cigarette right after another—in a chain-like manner. In fact, classic chain smokers light a cigarette right from the first one without leaving a second between them. The core appeal of vaping is that it’s very, very similar to smoking. Pretty much all you do in this safer alternative is vape when you’d have smoked. Thus, the most fitting definition of chain vaping would be “hitting the vape regularly, almost constantly without putting your device down.”
Do you find yourself vaping almost ceaselessly throughout the day? You may be a chain vaper. However, a person who has their e-cigarette all the time, but never constantly lights them up wouldn’t be considered a chain vaper. Such fellas are comparable to those that light a cigarette and put it down in an ashtray, then it burns out and they would have to light another one. Such guys end up taking about 10% of the cigarette and therefore wouldn’t be chaining.
Dangers of Chain Vaping
The topic on the danger of vaping has been beaten to death since 2008, and every article, discussion, forum, and advice on vendor websites have exhausted on the same potential side effects. However, what most of these platforms don’t mention is that the potential dangers of severe vaping are specifically caused by either nicotine or dehydration. All the other side effects may be symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, myths, and nothing to do with chain vaping. We are also going to run through some of the dangers associated with chaining, but we’ve also dug up some additional information on side effects that you might find interesting.
Can you really vape yourself to a nicotine overdose? Many people still ask. The answer to this is YES and NO at the same time! Yes, you can overdose nicotine when you go over the set threshold, but the chances that you might do this are very trifling. Why? The estimated lower dose to constitute a nicotine overdose are between 500 and 1000 milligrams what would be a tall order when it comes to vaping. To overdose, one would need to vape about 40 milliliters of an e-liquid containing nicotine from a standard 12mg/ml individual vaping e-liquid device. Even if you are to use a higher device with 18mg/ml concentration, you’d require approximately 28 milliliters to reach an overdose. Your body also processes nicotine very quickly, so you’d need to consume the whole 40 ml or 28 ml basically at one go—which makes it quite a big ask even for chain vapers.
What Are the Symptoms of Nicotine Overdose?
If you continue to vape beyond your threshold or come into direct contact with a significant amount of nicotine, you may experience a degree of nicotine poisoning. Symptoms of nicotine poisoning may include agitation, confusion, headache, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and increased salivation. More serious symptoms of nicotine poisoning include slow heart rates, seizures, coma, and respiratory failure (in full worse scenario). For these reasons, nicotine should be handled with safety and kept away from children, pets, and food.
The main culprit that causes vaping-induced dehydration is found in the e-liquid itself—propylene glycol (PG). The name of this e-juice component isn’t all too important in this discussion, but what you need to know is that it is a hygroscopic substance. This means that it can bind with water molecules in your body, so when you vape PG will absorb water from your eyes, nose, and mouth. Not everyone will experience dehydration while vaping since the strength of the side effect has a lot to do with a person’s biological makeup and a natural sensitivity to the compound. However, chain vapers are more likely to experience dehydration due to the amount of PG intake as well as extended hours of vaping. Taking lots of fluids is the only way to hydrate your body and counteract the dehydration symptoms.
What Are the Common Signs of Vaping Dehydration?
The common symptoms of chain vaping dehydration include:
- Constipation and brown (darker) urine
- Dry mouth
- Dry eyes
- Extreme thirst
- Scratch or sore throat
Allergies and sensitivities to vaping flavors are common. One of the regular discussion regarding allergies among chain vapers is a supposed allergy to PG. While there is a possibility of severe PG, most vapers commonly experience mild sensitivity to this compound. The symptoms of PG sensitivity are like those of dehydration, and in most cases, the two are inseparable. Other vapers have also reported allergies to other e-liquid components such as vegetable glycerin (VG). Sensitivities and allergies to flavoring can be life-threatening since some have traces of food like peanuts. Therefore, if you have doubts over a certain e-liquid, you should contact the manufacturer, or move on to something else.
This common vaping side effect is also related to dehydration, in which, the vaper’s mouth and tongue get extremely dry, and taste buds get dulled. This is the reason why most describe the feeling as “All liquids taste the same!” In most cases, vaper’s tongue is a result of too much vaping without fluid intake.
Why You Should Not Overuse Your Vape?
Although vaping has been evidenced as a safer alternative for smokers, we’ve seen that some side effects come with chain vaping. Fortunately, these side effects have been exhaustively studied, and most of them are regarded mild and temporary. But if you overuse your vape, you will often complain of issues such as stomach pains, weakness, nausea or vomiting, amplified heat-beat, or dizziness. Obviously, once you experience such symptoms, the solution is to stop vaping immediately and have a lie-down. As aforementioned, your body processes nicotine quickly so that the side effects won’t last long.
Chain vaping is indeed associated with several side effects owing to the intensity of the vapor and constant steadiness of the vaping process. Some of these side effects include dehydration, vaper’s tongue, flavoring allergies and sensitivities, and in extreme cases, nicotine poisoning. But as noted, most of these side effects are mild and temporary. If you notice that you recently started to chain vape, it is important to clean up your device. It is often believed that many people begin to chain vape when they feel they aren’t getting enough vapor from their clogged devices. You may also want to consider setting up certain times to vape—yes, like a vaping schedule. For instance, if you vape in the morning, lunch break, and after dinner, you may not even feel vaping in between those times. The lesser you overuse your vape, the lesser the chances of developing chain vaping and its potential dangers.