E-cigarettes are still a novelty product and there hasn’t been done much to study electronic cigarette side effects. If you a moving from smoking tobacco into “vaping” you may be experiencing coughing, wild dreams or a hoarse voice. Not to fear, though, as most of those side effects of vaping are merely common tobacco withdrawal symptoms.
There are, however, certain symptoms specifically associated with smoking e-cigarettes. Common symptoms include throat irritation and allergies to e-juice ingredients. Some other symptoms can be caused by nicotine intake or a change in its level. It is important to learn about side effects of vaping that are known today prior to plunging into e-cigarette world.
Most common electronic cigarette side effects include: coughing, sinus congestion, phlegm and sputum, throat-clearing, hoarse voice, mouth ulcers, acne, hiccups, sleeplessness, dizziness, bloating, change of smells and taste, headaches, heartburn, etc.
A good thing is that most of these symptoms are temporary and go away in a month or so. The severity of the symptoms depend on how heavy a smoker you were, and how heavily your lungs will have to work to clean out all the mucus and tar that built up through the years of smoking. Most of former tobacco smokers are clear from a morning cough after a week and overcome throat clearing in less than a month.
Even more irritating must be mouth lesions forming on your gums, roof and sides of your mouth. Again, it is a healing reaction to the changes that your body experiences. Not to worry as the changes are surely for the better. While your body is rapidly recovering from being exposed to irritants that tobacco contains it builds the new healthier tissue. Rinsing your mouth with water may help to sooth irritation and promote healing.
As the cleansing process continues and your throat tissue is being restored you may end up with a hoarse voice. Most quitting smokers undergo this temporary change. It is a small price to pay for a healthier living and should go away in no time.
The change in taste is also associated with the changes in your mouth and with your brand new mouth tissue specifically. Once you get rid of the buildup in your mouth you’ll start experiencing flavors more strongly. As your taste changes you may need to experiment with e-juice flavors to find your favorite one. Cough drops have been reported to help bring back some flavor.
A break out of acne is yet another unpleasant effect that many of those quitting tobacco experience. Once again it is a natural process of cleansing when the built-up toxins are being released at a fast pace. Prickly, tingly, itchy skin can be a result of improved blood circulation, and will go away as the body adjusts
Sleeplessness are yet another withdrawing symptoms common for tobacco smokers. Nightmares are common too. It all can be explained with the increased sensitivity during the phase. Try to cut down on coffee during your transitional period.
Experiencing dizziness can happen because of two reasons. Firstly, your body is adjusting to larger amounts of oxygen and improved circulation. Secondly, nicotine level in the cartridge can be too high, and needs to be adjusted.
As positive as it is improved blood circulation can cause such common symptoms as muscle cramps, ache and spasms when quitting tobacco. E-cigarettes are known to cause dehydration that may also be the cause of those symptoms. Therefore drinking loads of water is a must.
Heartburn is a relatively rare symptom of quitting tobacco smoking. Therefore it is more associated with those who were taking in high levels of nicotine through their vaping device. Adjusting levels of nicotine should help to get rid of heartburn, otherwise called acid reflux. Seek medical help if the symptom persists.
Keep in mid that nicotine levels in a tobacco cigarette are different to those in a vapor cigarette. You may need to replace your e-juice cartridges with a lower level of nicotine if you are experiencing headaches, nausea or shaking. Starting with a lower level and increase it if necessary would be a way to go.
Feeling bloated and gassy is yet another of unpleasant after-effect of quitting smoking. Staying away from gassy foods should help. Diarrhea is also pretty common symptom of tobacco withdrawal. But also it can be caused by the intolerance to propylene glycol that most of e-cigarettes contain. Switching to brands, like Blu Cigs, that only use vegetable glycerin could be an option.
As harsh as some of the symptoms sound they should not put you off from quitting tobacco whether you switch to vaping or ditch the habit altogether. Drinking loads of water and rinsing your mouth with it should ease many of those symptoms. If the symptoms still persist see your doctor.
The above list of electronic cigarette side effects is by no means exhaustive, and you should always read carefully the information that the manufacturer provides. As the e-cig industry is evolving the new evidence about vapor cigarette side effects may emerge any day, so stay tuned. Sign up for our newsletter to receive the industry news straight into your mailbox.