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Vape Cough: The Signs, Symptoms and Ways to Avoid It 2018-10-12T03:26:33+00:00

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.

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Jeffrey Buckley

I was a smoker for over 25 years. In this time I also earned my medical degree with a specialization in addiction treatment and counseling. That period has led me to vaping, my interest started around 2011. I’m fighting the tide of hysteria and dis-information around vaping that emanates from various fronts legislative, cultural and scientific. Having scientific councils support, I’m happy to contribute my thoughts, articles, and expertise.

15 Comments
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    Daniel

    December 26, 2017 at 11:05 am Reply

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

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      Graeme Marshall

      August 9, 2018 at 1:09 pm Reply

      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!!

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        Lou L

        September 2, 2018 at 3:54 am Reply

        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.

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    Bud Zardank

    February 23, 2018 at 3:20 pm Reply

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

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      Mrs D

      April 21, 2018 at 10:53 pm Reply

      So why are you here?

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      Mike

      May 9, 2018 at 5:57 pm Reply

      Can you cite your source for that comment?

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      Nick

      July 7, 2018 at 12:07 pm Reply

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

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      Graeme Marshall

      August 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm Reply

      Which holier than thou planet are you from ?

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    Melojay

    March 3, 2018 at 2:18 pm Reply

    It was very useful.

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    Dale Johnson

    May 17, 2018 at 3:26 am Reply

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

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      Graeme Marshall

      August 9, 2018 at 1:18 pm Reply

      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 ?

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      Stewart Clutter

      September 3, 2018 at 10:41 am Reply

      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!

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      TheRedSevenThousand

      September 8, 2018 at 6:14 am Reply

      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

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      DankStarVapes

      September 20, 2018 at 7:19 pm Reply

      You don’t go out much, do ya?

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    Graeme Marshall

    August 9, 2018 at 12:58 pm Reply

    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.

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