Vaping side effects

Side effects can be caused when any substance is intruduced to the human body and vaping is no different.

If a substance is ingested, inhaled or even just touched it may or may not cause a side effect!

There is a lot of confusion and non-scientific information floating about online and offline at the moment and we hope to bring some clarity to this. However, it is very difficult to know whether the effects of vaping e liquid is really the result of stopping smoking.

When a person stops smoking there are side effects that can be confused with side effects from vaping. Some people are quick to blame vaping for every side effect, including those from stopping smoking. Stopping smoking causes the body to undergo a major clean-out process and readjustmen.t

"Cold turkey" stopping smoking side effects

When quitting smoking (going "cold turkey")  without any sort of NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) there are many reported side-effects people have experienced, including:

  • "Quit zits"
  • Susceptibility to colds, the flu
  • Bleeding gums,
  • Various skin issues.
  • Anxiety
  • An increase in coughing (a good sign usually)
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Dry throat

Reported side-effects of vaping

These are some reported side-effects of vaping e liquid in e-cigarettes, they tend to be temporary.

Dry mouth side-effect
This seems to be very common due to the nature of e liquids. This is usually easily rectified by increasing water intake; i.e. small sips of water often. This doesn't mean to say you'll necessarily be sipping water non-stop, just that your water consumption may increase.

Dry skin side effect
The dry skin issue can often be addressed with a hypo-allergenic moisturiser until the body adjusts.

Minor nose bleeds
What appears to be a minority of people suffer minor nose bleeds. This could be due to the drying effect of e liquids. In all the reports I've seen, the issue rectifies itself. Something that may help is to not exhale e cigarette vapours through the nose; particularly during the initial weeks.

Allergy to e liquid
Other reactions may occur due to an allergy to any or all of the ingredients of e liquid - such as the propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine, flavourings or the nicotine itself. Adjusting levels of any component can sometimes bring relief.

As mentioned, some who have reported mild side-effects have persisted with vaping and found the issues disappear after a short while without taking any sort of action. Others find they worsen; however it does appear rare for people to have to cease vaping altogether due to side-effects.

The possibility of side-effects and allergic reactions is why I recommend making the switch to e cigs under medical supervision if possible.

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