Last updated on September 19th, 2021
Does Vaping Make You Cough?
Vaper’s cough (not to be confused with Vaper’s Tongue), is a condition not uncommon for those new to e-cigarettes. Inhaling the vapor causes a nasty coughing fit. How can that be?
Isn’t vapor supposed to be more benign than toxic cigarette smoke?
The answer is “yes” – e-cigarette vapor is more benign than tobacco smoke because it does not contain carbon monoxide or other ingredients found in cigarettes known to be toxic to humans; but that doesn’t mean it won’t cause some vapers to cough!
So Why Am I Coughing?
It doesn’t matter whether you are coughing using a pod vape pen like a JUUL or an advanced MOD. The most common reasons for coughing when you vape are:
- You’re sensitive to some of the ingredients in your e-liquid.
- You’re affected by the unadulterated nicotine in e-cigarettes.
- You’re inhaling too deeply, or too quickly.
- Your vaporizer’s advanced settings are not fine-tuned to your needs.
Take heart! Vaper’s cough can be controlled if you follow these methods:
Inhalation Method to Prevent Vaper’s Cough
First, you should know that vaping is different from smoking. Inhaling vapor for the first time is like smoking your first cigarette. I bet you started coughing too! It may take a bit of practice to adjust to an e-cigarette, but don’t give up.
Changing your method of inhalation is the first step. Rather than inhaling the vapor directly into your lungs, hold it in your mouth and savor the flavor for a second or two before inhaling it. This method, known as Mouth-to-Lung (MTL) can be used for any type of electronic cigarette or personal vaporizer. Vaporfi makes an MTL vape pen that makes it easy and has been known to control coughing.
If that doesn’t help,…
To Stop Coughing, Reduce the Nicotine Level of Your E-Liquid or Cartridge
According to experts, tobacco smoke contains an anesthetic ingredient which stops smokers from coughing.
Essentially, this is why you can breathe in tobacco smoke when you can’t breathe in bonfire smoke too well, when they are basically the same thing: burning plant matter. Some of the 599 ingredients identified to date are in there to make the smoke smoother, less irritating, and to prevent coughing.
The nicotine added to e-liquid formulas does not contain an anesthetic. What’s more, higher levels of nicotine in e-cigarettes can add to the harshness of your vape. You can always use lower nicotine e-juices, or try CBD e-liquids which do not contain nicotine.
If you are using a personal vaporizer, choose an atomizer with a higher Ohm resistance. Lower Ohm’s (below 2.0) may produce bigger clouds, but it can mean a hotter, harsher vape.
Learn more about choosing the right ohm level for your vaporizer’s atomizer.
Fine Tune Your Vapor
Some popular box-style Vaporizers let you adjust the wattage as well as the air flow. Some, called TC MODS let you lock in the perfect temperature for the perfect vape – not too full, not too hot. They’re more expensive, and more complicated than most vape pens, but if you want more control over the heat, cloud volume and flavor of your ecig, this may be the way to go.
Check out these TC MODS from DirectVapor.
Choose An E-liquid With a Lower Percentage of Propylene Glycol (PG)
Go for a max or 100% vegetable glycerin (VG) ratio. The popularity of max VG e-liquids is growing, and the best e-juice companies offer this option. I’m sensitive to PG because it is a drying agent, so I often buy e-liquids from what I think, is the best tasting organic e-juice company, Kind Juice.
Is it Simply the Flavor?
Sometimes you just have to experiment with e-liquid flavors, as some may cause you to cough more frequently than others.
Are You a Smoker/Vaper?
Transitioning from smoking to vaping? Thanks to Hank for sharing his experience in our comments by reminding us that smoking and vaping can perpetuate that cough if you’re not mindful to inhale differently.
Whatever method you choose, the rewards of vaping over smoking are worth the effort.
Have you conquered Vaper’s Cough? Our readers want to know your methods of success so please share your experience by commenting below.
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