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Coughing and Sore Throat When Vaping – What's the Deal?

The vaping experts at VaporFi offer advice on how to make your transition to vapor cigarettes as seamless and comfortable as possible

Perhaps someone told you to switch to vapor cigarettes because they are a smarter smoking alternative to your traditional, analog cigarettes. But now, just days after starting, you are experiencing an annoying cough and irritating sore throat from the very device that is supposed to help you live better!

This can be frustrating, we know. Fortunately, you aren't alone. These preventable symptoms are a common amongst new vapor cig users, and often the solution involves making a minor tweak once you have a basic understanding of a few important factors. If you stick it out, we are confident that we can help you find a satisfying vaping experience like no other.

Here are some possible reasons why you could be experiencing these symptoms:

  • Throat Hit

    E-liquid is comprised of either PG (Propylene Glycol) or VG (Vegetable Glycerin)—or sometimes a mix of both. PG is what gives a strong throat hit that many vapers crave, however, it may leave your throat feeling dry and scratchy if you aren't used to it. Some vapor cig users may also be allergic to PG, in which case they should stick with VG-based e-liquids instead. Learn more about what PG really is and how to tell if you are allergic by visiting our vapor cigarette Learning Center.

  • Nicotine Strength

    If, along with some coughing and a sore throat, you find yourself feeling lightheaded or nauseous at times, odds are your body is reacting to too much nicotine. Most e-liquid comes in a range of different nicotine strengths, which is the concentration of liquid nicotine per bottle represented in a percentage. For instance, at VaporFi, our lightest blend (not including our non-nicotine strength with 0% nicotine) contains 0.6% nicotine, and is made for the ultra-light smoker in mind. If this person was to suddenly vape our 3.6% bold nicotine blend, then it could certainly result in coughing and an irritated throat. Reducing the nicotine strength in your e-liquid should do the trick. Keep reading to find out how to determine the best nicotine level for you.

  • Vaping Style

    When starting out, many vapers simply aren't aware that inhaling vapor is very different from smoking an analog cigarette. If you take a deep, full draw on a vapor cig the way you would from a cigarette, you are sure to experience a tingling or burning sensation in the back of the throat and in the lungs. On the flip side, quick and shallow puffs will leave you feeling unsatisfied as this causes you to miss out on full, voluminous clouds of vapor. The ideal vapor cig drag is slow and measured (2 to 3 seconds), and vapor should enter your mouth with ease, leaving behind no uncomfortable feeling when you exhale.

  • Vaping Frequency

    In addition to changing how you inhale vapor, you might also consider adjusting how often you vapor smoke. Just because vapor cigs are often made to look and taste like analog cigarettes, doesn't mean you need to vape as often as you smoked. In the end, each person has their own preferences and each e-liquid performs differently, so you may have to experiment a little to find the right balance.

  • Dehydration

    At least with vapor cigs you aren't dealing with smoke, but just because you exhale water vapor when vaping doesn't mean you are staying hydrated. PG and VG in e-liquid naturally attracts moisture, which means prolonged vaping will dry out your mouth and throat. This may result in a sore or irritated throat, therefore be sure to drink plenty of water while vaping to avoid dehydration.

Don't Give Up!

The most important thing to remember when dealing with coughing, sore throat or other irritating symptoms while vaping is not to get discouraged. Unfortunately, some new vapers are disheartened and give up while transitioning from analog cigarettes to a smarter smoking alternative, especially when also dealing with the side effects of becoming tobacco-free.

If you have recently started using vapor cigs and are struggling with a sore throat or coughing, we want you to know that it is possible to enjoy a rich vaping experience without the discomfort you are feeling. First, evaluate the possible reasons listed above for the symptoms you are experiencing, and then make the necessary changes until they go away.

Also, feel free to talk to one of our vapor smoking specialists today by calling toll-free 1-855-93-VAPOR or stop by one of our store locations to pick the brain of one of our knowledgeable "vapologists." We are here to help make sure you have the best vaping experience possible!

*Note: The advice presented in this article should not replace the counsel of a medical professional. If you start experiencing any symptoms that you feel warrant medical attention, we strongly recommend that you consult your doctor.

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