When you first start vaping, there’s a good chance that you will find yourself coughing a lot. In fact, a study that was done back in 2005 showed that more than 50 percent of first-time vapers coughed when they initially tried vaping.
This can be frustrating for many people. Those who are trying to use vaping to quit smoking wonder why they’re bothering to do it if it’s just going to make them cough anyway. And those who are trying to get into vaping because they’re heard such great things about it wonder how so many vapers manage to find the fun in coughing while they vape.
But the truth is that everyone reacts a little bit differently to vaping the first time they try it. Some people will cough uncontrollably for the first one or two times they vape, while others won’t cough at all. But regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, you should know that it’s actually pretty normal for people to cough while vaping. Even some experienced vapers will cough from time and time for any number of reasons.
Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to prevent yourself from coughing like a maniac when you vape. Above all else, you should just give yourself the time you’ll need to get accommodated to vaping. But if you want to speed up the process, you should follow these five tips to ensure that coughing doesn’t ruin your vaping experience…
Make sure your vaping equipment is set up properly.
If you’re using a new entry-level e-cigarette, you’re probably not going to run into any problems with your setup. But if you are using an e-cigarette that was given to you or you have opted to start off with something more advanced, you’re going to want to make sure everything is in good working order before you vape.
If you are coughing a lot and taking throat hits, you may need to change the coil in your e-cigarette. You also may need to change the airflow of your e-cigarette or alter the wattage. If you don’t understand how to do these things, you should research them thoroughly before you vape because they will all play a role in your overall experience.
Once you get the right settings in place, you should be able to vape without a problem. But at the beginning, you will need to do trial and error to find the settings that work best for you.
Adjust the way you are vaping.
Are you taking drags that last too long or taking drag after drag and not giving your body the time it might need to adjust to vaping? More often than not, vapers who have smoked in the past will try vaping in the same way they use to smoke, and this can cause them to cough. Remember: Vaping is not smoking, so you shouldn’t use the same technique to do it.
You should also think about how you’re vaping. Some people prefer mouth to lung vaping, which gradually moves vapor from your mouth to your lungs, while other prefer direct to lung vaping, which involves inhaling vapor directly into your lungs without allowing it to stop in your mouth.
Both methods are effective, but people tend to react differently to them so it might be a good idea for you to experiment with them to see which works best for you. In the meantime, you might have to endure some coughing, but it will be worth it in the end.
Consider using a different e-juice.
Did you know that there are some people who are sensitive to the propylene glycol that is present in many e-juices? This means that no matter how they vape or what kind of vaping equipment they use, they are likely going to cough when they use specific e-juices.
Before you get too frustrated with the coughing that can sometimes accompany vaping, consider trying some other e-juices out. Use e-juices that have different PG/VG ratios and make it your mission to find the ones that allow you to vape without coughing. This is part of the fun of vaping! By trying out different e-juices, you will get the opportunity to learn about what works for you and, maybe more importantly, what doesn’t.
Lower your nicotine level.
Many vaping beginners try to use a nicotine level that they are not prepared to handle. They are afraid that they won’t get enough nicotine when they vape, so they shoot for the moon and select a nicotine level that is entirely too high. As a result, vaping is a really harsh experience for them.
Before you begin vaping, it’s important to choose the nicotine level that is ideal for your specific situation. If you have smoked heavily in the past, you might be better equipped to handle a higher nicotine level than someone else. But if you’ve never smoked before or you are trying to scale back on nicotine, going with a lower level is perfectly fine.
Outside of potentially causing you to cough, going with a nicotine level that is too high is something that will make it difficult for you to enjoy yourself when you vape. So do yourself a favor and start at a lower level before bumping it up if you really feel that you need to do it.
Practice, practice, practice.
Coughing when you vape is not necessarily a sign of weakness or a sign that you shouldn’t pursue it further. Rather, it’s a sign that your body isn’t used to doing it yet. And the only real way to change that is to practice vaping and to find the techniques and products that you like most.
Over time, studies have shown that people cough less and less as they move forward with vaping. Less than 10 percent of people cough on a regular basis, and most people stop coughing altogether within just a few sessions as they get the hang of vaping.
Coughing can be a sign of concern, but more often than not, it’s just a small side effect that will go away in time. And once it does, you will see what all the hype is about when it comes to vaping.