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How to Prevent Side Effects of Vaping

Are there any side effects of vaping? Are the side effects as serious (or more serious) than smoking traditional cigarettes?

These are the types of questions you may ask yourself before you start vaping. Just the same, if you come face-to-face with any symptoms while vaping, you may begin to wonder what you can do to prevent them in the future.

Generally speaking, vaping side effects are the result of one or more of the following:

  • Poor maintenance of equipment
  • Vape juice with too much nicotine
  • Other health conditions

Here are five of the most common vaping side effects, along with the steps you can take to prevent them:

1. Dehydration

Dehydration is something many people struggle with, even those who don’t vape. However, vaping does have the potential to accelerate dehydration, so it’s important to take preventative action.

The best thing you can do is drink more water – not soda or beer – while vaping. This alone will help combat dehydration.

2. Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is often the result of dehydration. So, if you stay hydrated while vaping, you will likely prevent this side effect as well.

Also, keep in mind that vape juice with an ultra-high level of propylene glycol (PG) can cause a dry mouth. Changing to an e-juice with a lower PG concentration can help prevent this annoying side effect.

3. Headache

This is the one side effect that a vaper never wants to experience. Also known as vaper’s headache, it’s most common among people who are just starting.

Fortunately, once you find the right vaping device and settle on the perfect level of nicotine, this symptom will subside.

While a vaping headache typically goes away without treatment, if it lingers you should experiment with different e-juices and nicotine levels.

4. Coughing

This is a common side effect among beginners, but nothing to worry about over the long-term. Once you find the best inhaling method, you’ll get used to it and your cough will disappear.

If your cough persists, try a different method of inhaling and take extra time between hits.

5. Sore Throat

A sore throat is a common symptom, but is most likely in people transitioning from cigarettes to vaping.

The best way to protect against this is to experiment with inhaling methods, as some result in less irritation than others. Also, a VG-based e-juice is less likely to cause a sore throat.

Final Thoughts

Don’t let the potential side effects of vaping scare you away. Even though you may experience one or more of these, there are things you can do to prevent long-term issues.

Soon enough, you’ll understand the exact steps you can take to make the most of your vaping experience.



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