Vaping Side Effects & Remedies
Vaping is the act of inhaling atomised e-liquid, using an e-cigarette. These e-cigarettes and other similar devices do not produce tobacco smoke, like normal cigarettes do for smoking.
Vaping devices are made up of a mouth piece, a battery, a cartridge for the e-liquid (which produces vapour), and a heating mechanism also known as a coil.
A coil comes in a variety of resistances. There are many different kinds of devices like e-cigarettes, vape pens, and the recently popular JUUL pod.
Part of the appeal of vaping is the vast variety of flavours the e-juice come in, such as menthol and pina colada, but it’s important that vapers are aware of the side-effects of vape products.
For those who are considering picking up vaping, there are a couple known side effects that you might want to be aware of.
Dry Mouth, Sore Throat, and Coughing
Dry mouth is a pretty common side effect of vaping and this is because vapour itself has a drying effect in general – vapour removes moisture from the mouth.
Two common ingredients in e-liquid: propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerine (VG) also absorb water, adding to the dryness.
Luckily, the solution to a dry mouth is very simple: keep hydrated! Drink a little extra water and you should be feeling back to normal in no time.
If water isn’t quite doing it, you can also try a hydration rinse, which is like a mouthwash but for hydrating.
A sore throat is another potential side effect of PG or even certain flavours of e-liquid. The coil in the vape pen you use could also be the cause for your scratchy throat.
A lot of coils are made from nickel, a material that many people are allergic too. To get solve this issue, try using e-liquid with a higher concentration of VG, switching to a different flavour, or lower the concentration of nicotine.
Or, if the coil is to blame, you’ll need to get a new tank and check the specifications for the type of materials used to make the coil.
Coughing is pretty common among beginning vapers, usually because they’re using the wrong kind of breathing. You’ll have to test your device to see whether it requires a cigarette type draw, or a direct to lung breathe.
Once you know the right way to inhale, this should help with the coughing. Lowering the wattage/temperature of the device is also know to help, as well as lowering the nicotine concentration. Consider switching to nicotine salts.
Dizziness and Headaches
Dizziness is a common side effect to taking more nicotine than your body can handle. This typically wears off the more you are used to it, but if the dizziness persists, cut the amount of nicotine by switching to a lower e-liquid strength.
If you’ve recently switched from smoking, headaches are likely to occur. This is due to the presence of tobacco minor alkaloids in tobacco cigarettes. Although there are only very small amounts, these alkaloids work together with the nicotine to create a dependency.
It then causes withdrawals when you switch to vaping because there isn’t any tobacco or tobacco minor alkaloids, just nicotine. In any case, if your headaches are the result of tobacco dependency, then they should wear off pretty soon.
If your headaches aren’t from the quitting of smoking, then it’s possible that dehydration is the reason.
Headaches coupled with dry mouth, for instance, are a definite indication of being dehydrated, so just make sure to drink a little extra water.
Tiredness and Fatigue
Nicotine is a funny sort of stimulant in that while it increases alertness, it can also have a sedating effect.
Once the high from the nicotine wears off, this can create a sort of crash, like a caffeine crash, in which the vaper feels really tired and fatigued.
If you find your energy levels crashing, then try cutting your nicotine usage, either by lowering the concentration or using your vape a lot less, you could even try cutting it out altogether.
Chest pain is no small issue, and if you’re experiencing it as a result of vaping there could be a few different reasons.
First of all, the high heat to create the vapour could potentially be a factor, so lowering the heat or wattage on your vape could help to lessen the pain. If that doesn’t work, then it could be a reaction to the nicotine, in which case you should find an e-liquid with a lower concentration or use your vape less often.
Some flavours of e-liquid could cause chest pain. Cinnamon flavoured juice, for example, contains a chemical called cinnamaldehyde that some vapers have claimed caused them to experience chest pain. So a simple switch of flavour might solve the problem.
But if that still doesn’t work, then you may also want to look into changing some parts in the actual vape like the coil or atomiser.
Nausea is a pretty common side effect of nicotine usage. If you’ve picked up vaping to quit smoking however, then it probably isn’t the nicotine. Instead, your stomach pain could be in reaction to whatever e-juice you’re using in your vape pen.
An easy way to fix this is to cut back on using that e-juice, or maybe switching to a completely different kind.
Like the headaches and dizziness associated with vaping, the nausea you’re experiencing should wear off as your body becomes accustomed to vaping.
While there isn’t any evidence that directly links vaping to weight loss, nicotine is a stimulant that, like caffeine, is said to be an appetite suppressant, and also can increase your metabolism, which is associated with fat burning.
Vapers that use sweet e-liquid also feel less of a need to eat sweet foods. So while it isn’t impossible that you might see some weight loss, it’s not necessarily a side effect.
On the other hand, once you stop vaping, you might find that your usual hand to mouth habit is replaced by eating rather than vaping, which could potentially lead to weight gain.
All in all, while there isn’t sufficient evidence to link weight fluctuation to vaping, there is definitely potential for weight loss (and gain) associated with vaping.
Not to be confused with cold sores which occur on the lips and around the outside of the mouth, canker sores are little blisters that occur inside your mouth. These sores can be a tiny bit painful, but they’re mostly just annoying.
They can be caused by stress, mouth injury, spicy or acidic foods, and a dirty vape mouthpiece.
If you’ve got canker sores from vaping, it’s not caused by the e-liquid, it’s your mouthpiece.
Anytime you put something in your mouth, it needs to be clean. The end of the mouthpiece can accumulate a lot of gunk and grime, so make sure you clean it thoroughly and regularly.
When you start keeping it clean, then you should see those canker sores disappear.
Although the FDA has approved the PG found in vape e-liquids to be generally safe, it can trigger minor allergic reactions in some vape users.
As an alternative, VG is mostly derived from vegetables meaning it will have very few, if any, adverse effects on the body.
If you suffer from PG allergies, simply switch to a more VG based e-liquid.
After switching to vaping from smoking, a lot of people tend to up their caffeine intake.
Since the withdrawals from tobacco dependence can lead to some being tired, drinking coffee seems like a good way to get some energy back.
However, brand new vapers can develop a temporary sensitivity to caffeine in the early days of using their vape. This can cause anxiety and mood swings, so it’s best to stay away from any caffeine until those sensitivities go away.
Side Effects of Nicotine Usage
While the above is a list of (mostly) minor side effects, there are some more important side effects of nicotine usage that vapers need to be aware of.
While not all vape products contain nicotine, many do, so it’s important to know the effects that this stimulant can have on your body.
As mentioned earlier, nausea is a pretty common side effect associated with nicotine, but other stomach-based side effects can include vomiting and abdominal pain. These are associated with lower doses of nicotine, as well as effects like eye irritation.
High doses of nicotine are more serious, and since it’s an addictive substance, users should really be aware of the risks.
Extremely high doses (more than 150 mg/ml) of nicotine have been known to cause high blood pressure, seizures, coma, and tachycardia (an increased heart rate), and even death.
Other Side Effects of Vaping
Listed above are the physical side effects of vaping, but what about the psychological side effects?
Physical side effects have tangible remedies, so how about the side effects that don’t really have remedies?
What does (or can) vaping do to your mental health?
When you ask a vaper why they vape, and they answer, “It’s relaxing”, that is because it’s true. Although this leads to the development of an addiction, frequent vaping will make your body crave it. When you finally give in to the desire to vape, you will feel a sense of peace and relaxation.
Just like cuddling with your pet – which is associated with love and happiness – vaping can gives you that feeling of serenity and loosening up.
Yes, vaping can be good for your mental health, but it can also affect it badly. A trigger from the topic of vaping would usually be the prime suspect. A colleague may point out how vaping would be bad for your health, and then it’ll make you upset or anxious.
Anxiety is the most common mental health condition associated with vaping. When you feel anxious, your heart begins to beat faster, right? An anxious person will get even more uneasy with every puff of smoke.
These kinds of side effects are important to understand that these are common especially when you are vaping.
Though, you must fully comprehend the process of vaping when you are someone with a mental health condition. Peace of mind is valuable to one with such a condition.
Any foreign substance that is introduced into the body will definitely have side effects. Anything inhaled or ingested that your body is not familiar with, will surely have effects.
At the moment, there really isn’t any long-term research about vaping and it’s potential side effects because it’s a much newer invention. The general consensus is that it’s definitely safer than smoking, but it will be years before researchers are able to find out much about the long-term effects.
While most the side effects listed have pretty simple solutions, if any of your side effects persist, you need to consult your doctor.
As previously mentioned, there is very little known about the long-term effects of vaping, so anything out of the ordinary needs to be taken straight to a medical professional, particularly something as serious as chest pain. It is very important that a professional can look into that pain.
With all that alarming stuff said, there are very few known side effects that are directly caused by vaping, most of them have to do with nicotine use or a prior health condition to vaping.
But it’s still a much safer alternative to smoking, and if that’s the reason you’re considering using a vape, then remember that these things listed are mild side effects compared to the definite risks and threats we now know are associated with smoking.
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