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What Are The Side Effects Of Vaping?

Published 18 May 2022, Updated 24 June 2024

What Are The Side Effects Of Vaping?

What Are The Side Effects Of Vaping?

Several side effects come with vaping, the most common side effects being; Nicotine addiction, coughing, dry mouth or throat, shortness of breath, mouth and throat irritation, and headaches.

Nicotine Addiction

Nicotine is a highly addictive substance and can be found in most vape juices and disposable e-cig vapes. Nicotine itself is not harmful to adults, but the other substances and ingredients that makeup e-liquid could pose a potential risk.


Coughing when vaping can happen for several reasons; the nicotine strength is too high, which can cause irritation on the user's throat, which results in them needing to cough as this feels very uncomfortable.

Secondly, the device or tank you are using is running low or empty. When the coil inside a vape is not saturated enough, you can experience a 'dry hit' that will burn out the coil leaving you with an unpleasant taste and burning sensation on your throat, causing you to cough.

Dry mouth Or Dry Throat

Vaping and smoking, in general, can cause the mouth and throat to dry out, which is down to the Propylene Glycol (PG) that is found in most e-liquids. This substance can dry out sensitive parts of the skin on the throat, causing an irritating and dry sensation that is not enjoyable. Make sure you stay hydrated. A bottle of water next to you at all times comes in handy.

Shortness Of Breath

When vaping, you may notice that you occasionally get shortness of breath. This is mainly due to vaping too much or inhaling too much vapour.

Mouth And Throat Irritation

You may experience an irritating sensation in your mouth or throat when vaping which is down to many reasons. You may be using an e-liquid that has a nicotine level that is too high, which causes the user to experience an unpleasant, irritating feeling in their mouth or throat.

Another reason could be the concentration of Propylene Glycol (PG), an ingredient in e-liquid. Some vapers are sensitive or allergic to PG and can damage sensitive parts of the skin on the throat, which can then irritate the throat.


On some rare occasions, you may experience some headaches when vaping, which can be caused by vaping. If you are vaping an e-liquid with a higher nicotine level than what you are used to, this can cause the user to experience some headaches as the body and brain are not used to receiving this level of nicotine.

Is Quitting Vaping Worth It?

Yes, quitting vaping is 100% worth it. Quitting vaping will have huge benefits on your physical and mental health and help avoid the risks associated with it.

Suppose you have decided to quit vaping. Then first off, congratulations! Choosing to quit vaping will have significant benefits to your physical and mental health. Choosing to quit vaping is not an easy process but will be worth it in the long run.

When quitting vaping, you will first experience symptoms of withdrawal. As nicotine is an addictive substance, your body will depend on nicotine after using it for some time. When your body is no longer getting the nicotine hit that it craves, it will react in a way that makes you feel negative and want to pick up a vape or a cigarette within the first hour which is just one of the reasons why quitting vaping is not easy.

After roughly a month of being off vaping, you will notice that some mental withdrawal symptoms like irritability, anxiety and brain fog will start to ease up. From this point here, it is down to you to keep a strong mind and continue to move forward.

By quitting vaping, you will experience many positive health benefits, such as; Your heart rate will begin to drop and a better lung functioning capacity.

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