That little tingle in the back of your throat when you light up a cigarette is a feeling that many new vapers desire from their e-cigarettes, but a chronic sore throat can quickly suck the fun out of your new habit. In past posts, we’ve addressed some reasons why vapers may experience throat irritation when initially making the switch. Now we will look more in depth at the role of e-liquid ingredients and discuss ways to prevent that discomfort when you use our products.
The Main Culprits Behind Throat Irritation
A number of factors can cause new vapers to experience irritation:
- Smoker’s Flu: Some people who switch to e-cigs develop “smoker’s flu,” which has nothing to do with either vaping or influenza. It is a collection of uneasy feelings including sore throat, cough, headaches, insomnia and stomach issues, among others, which can result from tobacco withdrawal. These usually resolve within a few weeks of abstinence.
- Nicotine Content: If you’re used to one pack of regular cigarettes every day, the recommended starting nicotine strength for e-liquids is 2.4 percent. This level should give you a good hit while satiating your cravings. If you’re vaping excessively to get your nicotine fix, consider adjusting to a higher dose. If you smoke lights or are used to less than a pack per day, sticking with a lower strength can alleviate discomfort in the throat.
- Vaping Style: If you’re drawing on your e-cig with the same intensity as previous go-to, a sore throat is almost inevitable. Tobacco cigarettes are laced with anesthetics that ease the sting of inhaling an irritant. E-liquids lack these chemicals, which is better for you, but it may leave you with a sensitive throat. The proper way to vape when starting out is to take slow draws and hold the vapor in your mouth briefly before inhaling; inhaling directly into the lungs right away can cause you to cough. As you become more experienced, you can practice different techniques. If you’re still having issues, try shortening your sessions or reducing how often you vape.
Combating Throat Irritation: Hydration is Key
E-liquid ingredients are rarely the root cause of a sore throat; however, e-liquid bases can play a part. The majority of e-liquids contain just a few components: nicotine, flavoring, and an oil base. The most common bases are propylene glycol (PG), and vegetable glycerol (VG), or a combination of both. PG and VG lower liquid nicotine’s boiling point so it can be evaporated without the need for fire and combustion. Because both bases attract moisture, continuous use can cause your mouth to dry out, which in turn can lead to a sore throat. The best way to avoid this is to stay well hydrated, so make a habit of keeping a bottle of water with you.
While some brands use either one or the other, White Cloud combines both PG and VG in our e-liquids. Through extensive testing, we’ve found that our 70/30 PG to VG ratio produces the best balance of flavor and vapor. Our unique blend is designed to minimize discomfort, so using the above advice with our products should give you a pleasurable, pain-free experience.
Keep Calm and Continue On
Don’t let one negative experience ruin your commitment to quitting. Try experimenting with different strengths and techniques, and of course try White Cloud’s premium e-liquid blends if you haven’t already. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water!