Vape Cough: The Signs, Symptoms and Ways to Avoid It

Vape Cough: Is it Normal?

Coughing might be unpleasant, but there’s nothing to worry about. In fact, many users report that vaping may lead to coughing. To be precise, more than 57% of people who vape, also cough while using it. This side effect is just an indicator that the body needs some time to get used to the vapor as coughing is only a temporary effect.

How can I Avoid Coughing?

Each body responds differently to vaping. However, there are a few ways that can help you stop vape cough in its tracks. Try with different PG/VG ratio and different nicotine levels. Find the best vaporizer for you and of course, the right vaping technique. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, or add a drop of menthol e-liquid to your e-juice.

Vape Cough - The Signs, Symptoms and Ways to Avoid It

What is Vape Cough?

The first time is always unpredictable. The first day at school, the first kiss, or the first time vaping: everyone anticipates the unknown with excitement and fear. Same with the first vape!

Although vaping is one of the most rapidly growing trends that attract people, not many users know what to expect. In fact, according to data presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only in 2014, more than 3.7% of adults in the U.S. used electronic cigarettes. If you don’t find this percentage significant, let’s look at the phenomenon from another perspective: more than 9 million individuals vape (because they switched from smoking to vaping or simply out of curiosity).

These numbers are increasing. From college students to ex-smokers, the wide range of users worldwide is mind-blowing. However, many people who’ve tried vaping for the first time report one common thing: they did cough after their first time.

In fact, it’s interesting to mention that a study conducted with 600 vapers, showed that around 57% of participants coughed when they vaped for the first time.

Why Do We Cough When We Vape?

Each person is different, so the reason why vaping might cause a cough are numerous.

First of all, e-cigs contain various ingredients, which our body might find irritating. Most of all, the irritant effects might be due to propylene glycol (PG), and actually, around 10% of the population is sensitive to PG. It’s curious to mention that both propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine (VG) cause dehydration, which can also result in coughing.

Another theory suggests that it might be the amount of vapor and the way people vape that might cause coughing. Many vapors inhale into their mouth and then into their lungs before they find a better technique to vape. For individuals who switched from smoking to vaping, learning a new technique might be a hard habit to overcome.

Also, coughing might be due to the nicotine levels in e-cigs. Higher nicotine levels might cause a harsher hit and a cough. With the wide variety of e-juices, vaping provides different experiences for each user. Let’s not forget that the device one uses also affects the experience and the initial kick.

Another interesting suggestion that might explain coughing in people who stopped smoking but started vaping is related to cilia regrowth. Cilia, or the hair-like formation in the respiratory tract, could regrow when one quits smoking, which theoretically could cause coughing after the first vape.

Should you be Worried if you Have Vape Cough?

No, there’s nothing wrong. In fact, it shows that your body is healthy and your lungs detect vapor as a something foreign substance. Experts reveal that coughing and sore throat are among the most frequent side effects caused by vaping. However, don’t worry: 93% of people report that coughing is only a temporary effect, which goes when your body gets used to vaping.

How To Stop Vape Cough?

When one identifies the reason behind their coughs, they can quickly tackle the problem. First, experiment with your vaping device. Try with different PG/VG ratio and different nicotine levels. High VG levels and low nicotine levels might help you stop coughing.

Find the best vaporizer for you and of course, the right vaping technique. Consider changing the speed of inhaling. It’s believed that slow inhales may lead to coughing as there’s not enough air for the coil of the e-cig. At the same time, according to users, slow exhales can reduce people reduce their coughing.

Always drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, which actually can help you deal with other side effects, such as headaches and dizziness. Last but not least, consider another fresh idea you can try to reduce your coughs: make your e-liquid even more aromatic and delicious by simply adding a drop of menthol e-liquid to your e-juice.

Published: October 11, 2017 Updated: April 5, 2019



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24 comments on “Vape Cough: The Signs, Symptoms and Ways to Avoid It

  • Suzan

    January 20, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    I will start with I am a boomer so I have smoked for 45 years. I vaped about 6 years ago but started smoking again about 2 years ago. I have purchased a alto, fuse and calburn pod with nic salts 50 and 35 mg but I still seem to be smoking about 10 to 15 cigarettes a day. I cough when I vape and it does not appear to satisfy my nicotine cravings.
    I am frustrated with buying vapers and juice plus cigarettes why am I having such a difficult time

  • Michael

    October 9, 2019 at 11:57 am

    I think this has got to be the most stupid article i have ever read.

  • Kristi

    June 8, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Why are you saying “you’re body needs to adjust to the vape”? Like coughing isn’t a RED flag that’s something is wrong?
    And Why are you comparing you “first vape” to a first day of school and first kiss??? It’s like you’re writing this specifically for kids.
    I am a parent of a 15 year old who started vaping weed. So thanks so much for making him feel like hacking up a lung is totally ok and that he should be excited to vape.
    Hope you feel proud of contributing to kids messing with their brains and lungs.

  • Cindy

    November 29, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Vaping ads abound on Instagram and Twitter. Flavors include cotton candy and mango. Some vapes have a cool light that changes colors when you shake it. Not marketed to kids? My ass. As I explained to my 17 year old son, if they can get you hooked on nicotine when you’re young, they get a piece of your paycheck for the rest of your life. Don’t be a sucker.

  • Graeme Marshall

    August 9, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Let’s get real here,no Government is going to ban the sale of cigarettes.
    If children are to be tempted into vaping then surely this is preferable to cigarette smoking if only from the chemical addiction point of view.
    To think of vaping in the same light as illegal drug abuse is nothing less than absurd.
    I doubt if many of the nay sayers are adverse to the occasional drink and yet if alcohol were coming onto the market now it would struggle to get a license because of the social, domestic and health related risks we are all to readily aware of today.
    Just think with your head not your gut before condemning a potential lifeline that has been presented to us, already vilified, smokers who just can’t kick the “dirty” habit.

  • Sam

    July 29, 2018 at 8:04 am

    I don’t understand why vaping which harms your body with toxins is allowed by the government. I took care of my self when pregnant providing my child a healthy start to life only to have it taken away by companies wanting big money thru vaping! Thanks for all of the false advertising you did a great job.

    • Jeffrey

      November 27, 2018 at 10:58 am

      Well, we’re just informing people about opportunities and possible issues. That’s the only our job. Thanks.
      You’ve done a great job giving your child a healthy life start. We share this position, and I’d like to see our planet clean in every molecule (which is unfortunately impossible due to the modern ecology). So, vape or not — everyone decides by its own. But the main idea is the same: Vaping is only for people of legal vaping age. Wanna start and is checking for the possible issues? We’ve completed this article covering one of them.

  • Sam

    July 16, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Not Useful.
    Totally Ignores the Factual , Damaging affect vaping has on the human lung.

  • Dale Johnson

    May 17, 2018 at 3:26 am

    Switch one habit for another, push and pedal to the children of the future. I hope your ashamed

    • Graeme Marshall

      August 9, 2018 at 1:18 pm

      Which holier than thou planet are you from ?Are you streetwise at all ? If you are so concerned about what people inhale suggest you start handing filter masks to you and yours before you set off down the road. I presume you’ve done your research on air pollution at street level ?

    • Stewart Clutter

      September 3, 2018 at 10:41 am

      Vaping is not aimed towards children. People blame the industry versus the shops that do not ID minors. Vaping is an alternative to help smokers quit. Not to get “kids” hooked. If your kids are hooked, do not blame the industry. Blame yourself for not taking responsibility for your kids making poor choices. Welcome to life!

      • jeffrey

        November 27, 2018 at 11:00 am

        For sure! Thanks, Stewart.
        Vape or not — everyone decides by its own. But the main idea is the same: Vaping is only for people of legal vaping age. Wanna start and is checking for the possible issues? We’ve completed this article covering one of them.

    • TheRedSevenThousand

      September 8, 2018 at 6:14 am

      Better than 40 cigarettes a day you numpty. My lungs thank me every day I don’t smoke. So take your holier-than-thou hand wringing and f**k off to your crybaby friends who may tolerate you

    • DankStarVapes

      September 20, 2018 at 7:19 pm

      You don’t go out much, do ya?

    • Angel

      November 16, 2018 at 5:19 am

      Right dude it’s u as the parent are what is the problem ur blind to ur own kids they get it from u not teaching th right from wrong dude been there done that and I lost my son because of those blinders so take them off and teach ur kids right from wrong dah!!!

  • Melojay

    March 3, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    It was very useful.

  • Bud Zardank

    February 23, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks for shamelessly peddling this poison to our children
    “Go ahead kiddies, the heroin is totally harmless”.

    • Mrs D

      April 21, 2018 at 10:53 pm

      So why are you here?

    • Mike

      May 9, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      Can you cite your source for that comment?

    • Nick

      July 7, 2018 at 12:07 pm

      Heroin? I’ve never heard of that flavor of juice, is it tasty?

    • Graeme Marshall

      August 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm

      Which holier than thou planet are you from ?

  • Daniel

    December 26, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Not useful. Experiment with your vaping device? Find the best device for you? Wow ! If only i had thought of that sooner.

    • Graeme Marshall

      August 9, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      Sarcasm does not help, your own advice just might. I know I am late to this thread but came here expecting constructive advice on how to overcome the cough that is hindering my attempt to give up cigarettes. Instead I read destructive comments from people who just haven’t got a clue!!

      • Lou L

        September 2, 2018 at 3:54 am

        Marshall, I quit smoking cigarettes a year ago. I tried to Vape and smoke cigarettes too (not at the same time, mind you.). I tried to ween myself off cigarettes by Vaping. That did not work well. It gave me terrible Vape Cough. It was not until I quit smoking cigarettes all together, that the vape cough went away.