When you first make the switch to vaping, there are several effects that will take place in your body, both positive and, usually temporarily, negative. Most of the negative symptoms experienced during this period are typically associated with withdrawal from tobacco smoke, and are not due to the e-cigarettes themselves. A list of tobacco withdrawal symptoms can be found here.
Possible Side Effects of Vaping & Ecigs
Dry Mouth, Dry Lips, and Sore Throat
E-liquid, used in e-cigarettes to produce vapor, is a humectant (an agent that attracts moisture), which can dry your mouth and throat, and possibly leave them feeling sore and/or irritated. Increased thirst is also commonly reported by smokers transitioning to vaping. This effect can be combated by increasing daily water consumption, drinking small amounts often over the course of the day, especially when vaping.
Headaches, Nausea or Racing Pulse
Negative effects such as headaches, nausea, or a racing pulse can result from the change in the body’s nicotine levels within a short period of time. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s recommended to lower your nicotine concentration and consult with your doctor.
Muscle Pain, Cramps and Aches
The vegetable glycerine in e-liquid converts to lactic acid in the body, which can sometimes cause muscle pain, cramps and aches. Most people experiencing this symptom find that drinking more fluids helps to flush the lactic acid from their system, in addition to soothing other effects, such as dry mouth and sore throat. Persistent problems of this nature can indicate an allergy to vegetable glycerin. In this case, medical consultation is highly recommended.
Allergic Reaction to Propylene Glycol
Persistent sore throat and muscle pain may also indicate an allergy to propylene glycol, another ingredient in e-liquid. Allergy symptoms may include night sweats, body rash, diarrhea, and a dry, irritated, or sore throat. If you are experiencing any of these specific symptoms, we recommend you seek the advice of your doctor and switch to a vegetable glycerin (VG) only e-liquid.
*Please note that this list is not based on medical research, but rather on anecdotal evidence. It can be considered non-comprehensive, and symptoms can vary greatly from person to person.