6 Common Side Effects of Vaping and What You Can Do to Prevent Them

Whether you just started vaping today or you’ve been a full-time vaper for years now, there are going to be certain side effects that you may have to deal with when you vape. More often than not, these side effects are very minor. But you should still be mindful of them so that they don’t become problematic for you.

Now, we don’t want to scare you here if you’re new to the vaping community, so we should point out that most of the side effects related to vaping don’t have anything to do with e-cigarettes or e-juices. Rather, they typically have to do with keeping your vaping equipment clean, taking care of your body before and after you vape, and being mindful about how much nicotine you use when vaping.

As long as you are aware of the side effects associated with vaping, you shouldn’t face any serious issues. Educating yourself about vaping is one of the most effective ways to ensure that you are vaping properly and using your vaping equipment the way it is intended to be used.

To assist you, we have come up with a list of 6 common side effects of vaping and listed exactly what you can do to prevent them. By doing something as simple as drinking an extra glass of water everyday or taking fewer drags on your e-cigarette per hour, you can avoid the side effects listed here. Happy vaping!


Side Effect: Dehydration
How to Prevent It: Make sure you’re drinking enough water daily

Is your urine a dark yellow on days when you vape or have you noticed that you have extremely dry skin on a regular basis? If so, you are probably dehydrated!

Dehydration is something that a large segment of the population, including those who don’t vape, is forced to deal with day in and day out. But it’s a concern that those who vape should always be mindful of, since vaping can make you more susceptible to being dehydrated.

There are many different symptoms of dehydration, and you should look out for them when you vape. We just listed a couple of them above, but you should also watch out for fatigue, dry eyes, and even just a general thirst. It you constantly feel like you could drink a gallon of water, chances are you are suffering from dehydration and need to do something about it.

The good thing about dehydration is that it’s pretty easy to avoid it. All you need to do is make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day. When you plan to vape, carry a bottle of water around with you and sip on it so that you keep your water levels high enough. It will help you enjoy your entire vaping experience more.

Side Effect: Dry mouth
How to Prevent It: Check the PG level of your e-juice

Dry mouth is one of the many symptoms of dehydration. But it’s also a sign that you may be vaping with an e-juice that contains propylene glycol, which is commonly referred to as PG by those who vape.

PG is a hygroscopic liquid that is known for attracting water molecules and holding them tight. So when you vape with an e-liquid that contains a high level of PG, you will often notice that your mouth will feel extremely dry, since the PG takes the water molecules from your mouth and holds on to them.

This doesn’t mean that you should steer clear of e-liquids that contain PG. Rather, you should just be sure that you’re rehydrating your body when you use them, since you will often find that your mouth will get dry and stay dry all the time. And if it becomes a real problem, you should think about trying an e-liquid that contains a lower level of PG. That should remedy your issue.

Side Effect: Sore Throat
How to Prevent It: Avoid taking too many throat hits

As you perfect your vaping technique, you will come to enjoy what is known as a throat hit. A throat hit is the feeling that you get when the vapor from your e-cigarette hits the back of your throat. E-juices that contain high levels of PG are great for throat hits.

If you’re not an experienced vaper, though, throat hits can dry out your throat and result in a sore throat. This is because your throat will become very dry over time. Taking fewer throat hits is one way to cure this. Using an e-juice without a lot of PG is another way.

But for the most part, throat hits are one aspect of vaping that you will enjoy once you get used to them. Give yourself time and drink plenty of water as you learn to love them.

Side Effect: Headache
How to Prevent It: Scale back on your nicotine intake

When people first start vaping, they usually don’t know which nicotine level is best for them. So they often take a shot in the dark and pick the one they think would be best and then use it.

Occasionally, they’ll get by just fine with that particular level, but if you find that you are experiencing headaches often when you vape, you may be taking in too much nicotine at a time. Additionally, you may also be taking in too much nicotine over the course of a day if the headache persists.

A headache caused by too much nicotine will typically go away within an hour or so without any treatment. But if you get headaches a lot when you vape, you should think about cutting back on your nicotine intake or vaping a little less often.

You can go here to read more about the different nicotine levels in e-juices.

Side Effect: Coughing
How to Prevent It: Practice vaping more

Many people, even those who have smoked cigarettes in the past, will cough a lot when they vape for the first time. A study done back in 2005 showed that more than 50 percent of people reported coughing the first time they vaped.

So if you cough when you vape and you’re new to it, you shouldn’t worry too much about it. Chances are, you will stop coughing once your body gets a little bit more familiar with the vaping process.

If you continue coughing well into the future, though, you should take the time to analyze how you are vaping. Are you taking drags that last too long? Are you trying to inhale the vapor that comes out of your e-cigarette too quickly? Are you breathing enough between drags?

No one really knows for sure why vaping causes some people to cough and other people to be perfectly fine. But with practice, you should stop coughing after a few vaping sessions once you get the hang of it.

Side Effect: Vape Tongue
How to Prevent It: Change the flavor of your e-juice frequently

One day, you might be absolutely in love with your delicious cotton candy e-juice. The next? It doesn’t like anything! What’s wrong?

If this happens to you, you are experiencing what is called vape tongue. It’s a condition that takes place when you use the same e-juice over and over again. Fortunately, there are some easy cures for it, with the most effective one being simply changing the e-juice you’re using. You will be able to taste your e-juice again, and you will be able to go back to cotton candy (or whatever your favorite flavor is) later and taste it.

Don’t let vape tongue discourage you from vaping. You can use it to your advantage and take the time to try new e-juice flavors while you get over it.


29 thoughts on “6 Common Side Effects of Vaping and What You Can Do to Prevent Them

  1. Antonis says:

    Coughing can happen when you take lung puffs and exhale too fast or too slow.
    In both cases the vapor is liquifying on your larynx/esophagus valve. Too fast exhale will press the vapor against the valve area and force it to liquify and produce the effect of choking on water. If the exhale is too slow the vapor has started to cool off and is liquifying as it slowly passes through the valve, thus making the same effect (slightly diminished).

  2. Shane Robinson says:

    Sore throat?? Ive been vaping 5 years and it has never caused sore throat.Posts like this one only help fuel the fire for the FDA..smh

    • Steve says:

      I have been vaping for close to five years and I get sore throat from time to time from vaping. It isn’t fuel for the FDA it’s a fact that some people experience mild throats soreness. It is way less than the lung and chest pains I frequently had as a smoker.

      • Cheesesteakhero says:

        Certain flavors have given me a sore throat. Pineapple, for example. Everyone is different so what bothers me may not bother someone else.

        • bruh says:

          Lol, im a new vaper, i just got a vape and a bottle of pineapple, it doesn’t make my throat sore, but i tried menthol and my throat was sore for a day or 2

  3. Angela DiGiacomo says:

    Craig, your article was extremely helpful to me as a new vapor! I have a better understanding of some of these issues I have experienced myself since starting. I was getting discouraged, but this all makes sense to me now and I have the information now to make my vaping experience better.
    Thank you again, Angie

  4. David Hood says:

    Not necessarily so, Shane. I find that I can’t direct-lung high VG liquids for more than 3 or 4 hours without getting a bad sore throat and irritated sinuses. It invariably turns into a cold, in my case. I have to stick to mouth-to-lung vaping for this reason.

  5. Mark Keith says:

    Yeah I’ve never had a sore throat or dehydration from vaping. Most people are aware of what’s going on with their bodies and I imagine that most people don’t stop taking in fluids because they Vape. People are ignorant and the tobacco companies like to talk down about vaping because of how much money they are losing. Eventually tobacco won’t be a thing anymore vaping is taking over!

  6. Karen L. says:

    Thanks for the great article….very helpful. I personally do not like water but try to drink some everyday. I drink a lot of diet rootbeer. Would it be ok as a remedy for dehydration? I’ve been vaping for 6 years and prefer juices with 30% to 40% PG. I do sometimes get dry mouth and the dreaded vape tongue. No problem with changing flavors for the vape tongue. I love vaping and usually have about five tanks with different flavors going.

    • Steven Bearden says:

      Soda contains a LOT of sodium, along with all the other chemicals. It is not a proper substitution for regular water. Too much salt in our diets has a lot to do with all the obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure in this country.

    • Geoffrey R. says:

      I don’t drink water, I do drink Barq’s rootbeer on a daily basis, but I do try to throw in a few bottles of Gatorade a week to basically just replenish the nutrients and electrolytes. When I first started vaping I would get a sore throat, but the liquids I was using was either a 50/50 or 60/40 but now I use 80/20 and no more sore throat. I have noticed that if I use even a 70/30 my throat will get scratchy. Also had the nicotine headaches, even when vaping a 6mg now I’m at 3mg and haven’t had a single headache.

  7. M Ayala says:

    I think that side effects are a fact of life for anything you do that is not good for you. So with that being said Vaping is not a good thing and I wish that people would see it. It’s a bunch of young people making a lot of money on the younger generations by telling them its healthier than smoking. Well neither is good.

    • JJ says:

      Please tell me you’re just trolling… but in case you aren’t…

      Going by your comment “Anything that has side effects are a fact of life for anything you do that is not good for you” – what?! Medicine – that HELPS YOU has several SIDE EFFECTS. Ill side effects I mind you. But since you directly attacked vaping – ever see a Chantix commercial? I’m sure you have so don’t say no. In the commercial they directly state all of the side effects one those is SUIDICAL THOUGHTS/TENDENCIES. PLEASE for all that is holy – or science – explain to me one time just one time that someone had committed or attempted to commit suicide from vaping. Just one LEGIT time that’s not found in the gazette at a local hick town gas station in the middle of the boonies and I will gladly retract my statement.

      I’ve been a vaper for 4 years, smoked for 16. I have NEVER FELT BETTER. These side effects are different for everyone. Such as some people experience headaches, that could be from to high of a nicotine level as well as to high of a PG OR VG content. Yes there are people allergic to pg/vg. I develop vapor tongue all the time, it happens but I find a flavor I like and stick with it (damn you addictive personality).

      I would love to sit here and type to you all day but you already seem ignorant to what’s been PROVEN BY SEVERAL STUDIES TO BE A HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVE TO SMOKING (even the FDA has stated its not as bad as they thought – 95% safer to be exact) so I’ll just leave what I’ve already said and wash my hands of you. I hope you live a long and prosper life, if you have any questions I’m sure someone that knows what they are doing can fully explain the benefits to vaping to you.

      Have a great one!

  8. Dewayne Pickering says:

    I have been vaping for almost 3 years, and have been keeping hydrated by drinking water. I enhance the taste of my water by using “Singles to go” drink mix. It comes in a variety of flavors, my favorite is Strawberry Crush, but there are several other flavors as well. Just 1 packet to a bottle of water, shake well, and you are good to go!

  9. Jay says:

    I smoked cigarettes for 25 years and have vaped for 5 and haven’t ever experienced any of these symptoms at all (since vaping) I feel like this is incidental fodder to at least have something on your page.
    As for M Ayala you are just plain ignorant. Any post smoker can tell you vaping has been a life saver and you compare it to bad things. I suppose you categorize vaping with heroin, excessive drinking of alcohol and cocaine? Get a clue pal.

    • Mike says:

      Because you haven’t experienced side effects from something doesn’t mean no one else in the world hasn’t, there’s a strike against your reasoning abilities. One piece of anecdotal evidence = true for everyone, everywhere?

    • Jaymie-Lee says:

      I would like to know this also… I”m only a week in from not smoking and have been vaping instead. But, I feel as though I have a very slight cold.

  10. Fawad says:

    I am a regular smoker since 17 years, want to quit or to reduce the tobaco etc etc.
    i s it OK to swtich to e cig or vape as an alternate to the regular cig.
    One of my friend started e cig and used for 3 months regular .
    then he complained for morning headaches and breathing problem .

    please have your say on this

  11. Jake says:

    Hi Fawd, switching will be the best decision you ever made! You may want to start with a mouth to lung starter kit which works similar to cigarettes I.e. You draw vapour in to your mouth an then inhale. Depending on how many cigs you smoked you will likely want to start with eliquid that has nicotine content of between 12-18 mg/ml. If you work over the weeks to reduce to 6 mg/ml many new flavours become available. The taste of cigarettes will then become disgusting to you and you will be much happier vamping a cool, flavoursome liquid. Give it a go. You have nothing to lose. Good luck😄

  12. Steve says:

    I just made the switch. I’ve noticed a few things, a bit of a sore throat, muscle cramps, and feeling generally a bit fatigued. Not sure if this is a direct result of ceasing smoking or vapour (aerosol) side effects. Either way I’m never going back to tobacco. Some of you vape enthusiasts are outright fanatics. It’s like the slightest suggestion that a harm may be caused by vaping and you jump down their throats (punn intended) it took a long time to establish the link between smoking and lung cancer and Vaping or (aerosoling) to be more precise, is still very much in its infancy. I see thread after thread on Vapour sponsored sites utterly dismissing any possibility that Vaping can carry any harm. This kinda troubles me. It’s like the entire Vape community will absolutely stone wall anyone who suggests it’s anything other than fantastic. My vape is a tool for me to use on my journey to abstinence. Not a destination.

  13. Joth says:

    Honestly, these short term symptoms don’t concern me, im just worried about more serious side effects later down the road, but i know that can be controlled by nicotine levels.

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