Coughing, in any case, is an unpleasant experience. A natural reflex that seeks to take the preventative measure from whatever culprit may be responsible for the inexplicable splutter that may spill from your mouth when you least expect it.
Your first time smoking, chest infection, a piece of food too large for your oesophagus, a glass of strong rum burning the throat - there's a plethora of reasons for coughing - but why will vaping make you cough and how can you prevent it from happening? Let's find out more.
First Time Vaping and Nicotine Strength
Similarly to smoking for the first time, if you're new to vaping, you can probably expect to cough, to begin with. Hey! You've never done this before – you can be forgiven for testing the waters and see what works for you when it comes to inhaling your vapour. After all, you want to enjoy the experience of vaping, rather than give up at the first hurdle and return to smoking cigarettes. The reason for coughing is the new method of absorption that your body will experience when you vape for the first time. It's simply the body's adjustment to the way it's receiving nicotine and is a passing phase, that will is nothing that you should be worried about in the short-term.
Coughing for longer than you might expect? The most common reason for vapers coughing will typically lie with the strength of nicotine found in your e-liquid. If you're finding that your vape is too harsh, then you should opt for a lower strength of nicotine and see if the problem persists.
Cough not going away? Depending on the ingredients of your e-liquid, you may be suffering from some kind of allergic reaction to the Propylene Glycol, which is the liquid that the nicotine is mixed with to produce vapour. It may seem a case of trial and error, but try using a VG based e-liquid like VSAVI's 100% VG and see if that helps stop the cough.
Another reason that you may be coughing when you vape could be down to your technique. It may be tempting to try and get a big hit of nicotine and puff with gusto when you vape, but if it's making you cough, you may like to switch it up and slow down.
Remember that the reason for you quitting smoking and starting vaping was more than likely a healthy choice. Significantly less harmful than smoking, Public Health England say that e-cigs have the potential to help smokers become smoke-free, so why not become nicotine-free too? Rather than sucking overzealously on your vape pen to get the biggest hit of nicotine you can, lightly draw on your vape pen and get just the right amount of nicotine you need to calm any cravings you may be facing.
To truly become free of the addictive smoke and nicotine, you should ideally try to use your vape pen or e-cig in times of need rather than adopting another habit that may consume your time and take you away from the things that really matter in life.
How to Avoid Coughing When Vaping
As mentioned, the reason for coughing when you vape will mostly be due to a couple of key reasons; either it's too much nicotine in your e-liquid or it's the way you actually vape. In the instance of the former, the answer is simple – reduce the strength of nicotine in your e – juice. E-liquid is typically sold in four strengths to choose from; o%, 0.6%, 1.2% and 1.8% - choose a strength that you feel comfortable with and work your way down to 0% to be free from nicotine addiction. If you're coughing due to technique, try taking lighter puffs and ensure you exhale as soon as you can to prevent vapour from staying in your system longer than it needs to.