You’ve taken your first hit off of an electronic cigarette, and it’s far from the pleasurable experience your friends have raved about. You find yourself coughing and sputtering more than you ever did with a combustible tobacco cigarette, so what gives? There are several possible explanations for your coughing jags, which will fortunately subside with time or a few adjustments.
A Different Type of Throat Hit
“Throat hit” is a commonly used term among smokers and vapers, and it refers to that satisfying sensation you feel at the back of the throat and in the lungs when you take a drag. When using an e cigarette for the first time, the sensation is different than with a regular cigarette and can be shocking to your system.
Your body will eventually get used to the way the vapor feels, but with your first few drags, your throat and lungs will likely treat it as a foreign substance and try to expel it by coughing. Taking shallow hits and adjusting nicotine levels will help your body adjust.
Feel of Dehydration
The propylene glycol in electronic cigarettes can have a drying effect on the soft tissues of the mouth and throat that will make you cough. Some users find that the dry throat sensation abates after a few days, but others continue to feel slightly dehydrated. This is easily remedied by drinking lots of water throughout the day, to keep you mouth moist.
Sensitivity to Propylene Glycol
Although sensitivities rarely occur, some people may have reactions to propylene glycol. These sensitivities most often present as itchy, red skin irritations – but coughing that doesn’t subside, may be another sign of a reaction.
Clearing Your Lungs
If you’ve given up tobacco cigarettes completely in favor of electronic cigarettes, your lungs are going to thank you, but first they will alarm you by purging all of the tar, mucus and other contaminates that they have accumulated due to your smoking habit.
You may feel disgusting during the process, which can take a month or longer, but try to think of each coughing fit as a makeover of sorts for your lungs. Drinking lots of water can help speed up the process.
At White Cloud, we are dedicated to helping our users find the right e cig products and nicotine strengths for an ideal vaping experience.