Why do I cough when I vape?
It is not uncommon to cough while smoking. This phenomenon is also found with the e-cigarette. Indeed, coughing when you vape can happen depending on the person. Here’s why and how to fix it.
Cold vapor can cause coughing
When you vape, you are not inhaling smoke, but cold vapor. For a (ex) cigarette smoker, this difference can cause a small cough during the early stages, especially as the smoke from the e-cigarette is more dense. This reactive cough usually goes away very quickly.
The cough associated with vaping is more natural than that associated with smoking. It is a reactive cough, emitted by the body. On the other hand, by quitting smoking, your body will adopt new habits. Indeed, it is not uncommon for people who quit smoking to cough during the 2 to 3 weeks after quitting. It is a reflex of the body to evacuate the remains of pests still present in the body (tar, carbon monoxide…).
Nicotine content in e-liquid
On the other hand, by switching to vape, some ex-smokers tend to choose e-liquids with a high nicotine content so as not to suffer from “lack”. But this can also lead to coughing fits! It is therefore advisable to choose a lower concentration to avoid the famous “hit”.
Any good e-cigarette salesperson will tell you that a low wattage device is preferable if you want a strong nicotine e-liquid that is VG / PG balanced. Conversely, if you choose a more powerful e-cigarette, your e-liquids must be less strong in nicotine. This does not prevent you from opting for a product with a higher VG to get more vapor.
If you do not tolerate propylene glycol (PG) in e-liquid, know that there is a vegetable version: vegetol.
The setting of your e-cigarette
Have you already bought your e-cigarette and e-liquids? If you suffer from an unpleasant cough, you can tune your device. To do this, adjust the wattage (vape power) and the airflow ring to limit the irritating cough.