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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?

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.

Take heart! Vaper's cough can be controlled if you follow these methods:

First, try changing your method of inhalation. 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 can be used for any type of electronic cigarette or personal vaporizer.

If that doesn't help, 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 9,600 ingredients identified to date are in there to make the smoke smoother, less irritating, and to prevent coughing." - ECigarette Politics

The nicotine added to e-liquid formulas does not contain an anesthetic. What's more, higher levels of nicotine in e-cigarettes will add to the harshness of your vape.

If you are using a personal vaporizer, choose an atomizer with a higher Ohm resistance. Lower Ohm's (below 2.0) mean a hotter, harsher vape.

Learn more about choosing the right ohm level for your vaporizer's atomizer.

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 ejuice companies offer this option. I'm sensitive to PG because it is a drying agent, so I buy e-liquids from Sassy Joe's.

Sometimes you just have to experiment with e-liquid flavors, as some may cause you to cough more frequently than others.

Whatever method you choose, the rewards of vaping over smoking are worth the effort.


Why Does e-liquid Get Dark?

The reason e-liquid can darken is mostly a function of the ingredients.

Nicotine in the solution will add color as is evidenced by the difference between the colors of the two bottles of e-liquid. Both are the same flavor, the one one the left contains ZERO nicotine while the one on the right is 24mg strength.

As a bottle of e-liquid ages, it can also get darker. What is happening is some oxidation. This affects the ingredients much the same way as oxidation affects fruits and vegetables. With the e-liquid, the oxidation has very little affect on the way the liquid tastes or the amount of vapor it produces.

What about when you put a nice clear e-liquid in your tank and towards the end of the tank, you notice how dark the e-liquid has become? Or you refill a tank and notice the e-liquid gets dark fairly quickly?

One cause for the change in color is the heat that is being created to vaporize the liquid. Heat has a similar affect on e-liquid as air does in changing the color.

Another cause for the darkening is that the wick and wire become coated with caramelized e-liquid. This dark caramelized e-liquid essentially "stains" the fresh e-liquid that was added to the tank.

To minimize this "staining" affect, it is possible on some tanks to clean the wick and wire by running it under warm water and drying. I have also found a "clever" way to clean these by using steam. I use the nozzle on my coffee maker (used to "steam" the milk for latte) and just carefully direct the steam inside where the wick and wire are located. Hot steam does an excellent job.

Of course cleaning will only do so much and it is not as good as replacing the wick and wire on those atomizing devices where that is possible.

Some e-liquids, the sweeter ones, fruit flavors and bakery type flavors seem to be more prone to darkening than tobacco flavors, and menthol.

In use, I really haven't noticed a difference in the taste from an e-liquid that has darkened over one that hasn't. In some cases, like when I mix my own e-liquid, it starts out almost clear and in a matter of a few days, it has taken on a slight rose or amber color that seems to darken the longer it is stored until it reaches approximately the color of a very light maple syrup.

I hope that helps answer, perhaps, some of the reasons for e-liquid getting dark.

As Always,

Happy Vaping

 

Sassy Joes does NOT use diacetyl or acetoin in any of our flavours.

 

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