Why Does My Throat Hurt After Vaping?

Articles upon articles have been released on the subject of why your throat is extremely dry after vaping. By now, one would think that this basic idea would be accepted. There will be that new Greenhorn, however, that comes along, making quick assumptions from reading one sentence from studies that were made without thorough research. They will assume that vaping caused their throat to be dry and raspy, so that must mean vaping is bad for them. Wrong! There is so much more that is going on that you should know about, before jumping to the “vaping must be bad” train.

Why Does My Throat Hurt?

First things first: never make assumptions before knowing the whole truth!

Propylene Glycol (PG) is one of the few ingredients that you will find to be in any of your electronic vaporizers. It is what brings out the flavor, to obtain a slightly sweet taste. This is also what can be found in many food products, such as packaged baked goods like Pop Tarts. PG allows these packaged baked goods to hold in their moisture. You can also find PG in cake mixes (inhibits the crystallization of starch), ice cream (wards off ice crystals to keep it creamy and scoopable), and whipped cream (keeps the whipped cream from turning back into a liquid). You will find PG in everything that is delicious, and we have been ingesting this stuff for many, many years already, this is nothing new.

OK, well, then why does my throat hurt?

Considering that the vaping community is big on converting cigarette smokers to a better alternative, most of our customer base is ex-smokers. If you have ever smoked, you will thoroughly understand the physical side effects of smoking. The concentrated amounts of nicotine mixed with tar found in cigarettes causes an increase of saliva and phlegm. This is your body trying to protect your epithelial cells in your mouth from the heat, as well as the multitude of other toxins to be found in cigarettes, thus keeping your mouth moist while smoking.

Now when you are vaping, it is the complete opposite. You are not inhaling any of the same chemicals that cause you to salivate. The Propylene Glycol is to blame for the dry throat; it is trying to gather up all of the moisture in the air as well as your mouth, when you inhale. So it is common for you to feel a sore throat, dry mouth, and a slight cough. You need to allow your body a month to adjust to quitting smoking.

REMEMBER, you are not only starting a new habit, you are also trying to quit smoking.  You will be subjected to withdrawal from all of the toxins that you were used to absorbing on a daily basis while smoking. Do not blame this on the personal vaporizers.

I’m vaping, but I am still coughing up phlegm, why?

New vapors might start producing more phlegm for a month or so, and have associated coughing. If you’ve quit smoking in the past, you’ll recognize this symptom. Your lungs are clearing some of the tar from the past at a faster rate than they could while you were smoking.

How can I avoid these symptoms?

There is really only one main thing you should be doing while starting to vape: HYDRATE! This will help with the dry throat, throat hurt, vapors fatigue (AKA Vapors tongue), and this will simply help with dehydration and other symptoms that come along with that. If you are still concerned, here a few blogs that discuss that transition from smoking cigarettes to personal vaporizers:

Also, if you still find yourself with questions needing answers, we do have a very wonderful customer service team that is more than happy to answer any and all questions. Our highly trained staff is located in Lynden, Washington and our hours are indicated  below.

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Something to Think About:

When you are quitting cigarettes, you could experience, dizziness, fatigue, insomnia, a cough, constipation, hunger, sweet tooth, irritability, headaches, throat hurt, and many other symptoms for over several weeks!

Tim Mechling

Tim is Mt Baker Vapor's resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.

  • Jim says:

    Hi Michelle, I’ve been vaping on and off for about 6 months. I’m using an eleaf Istick and i’m looking to use something more advanced without using a drip Mod, I was wondering if you have any suggestions?

    Thank you Michelle for your time.

    • Depending on which iStick you’re using, I would suggest the Subtank Mini. It will work with the 1.2 ohm coils on the 20w istick, the 30w and 50w isticks will also allow the use of the pre-built 0.5ohm coil. The subtank will allow you to have the flavor and vapor production similar to dripping without the need to build coils.

    • Jordan says:

      I would recommend, in my opinion the best set up i have had, a rouleaux rx300 quad battery mod and a smok TFV12 cloud beast king tank

    • Angela says:

      My throat hurts and i just started vape today why is that and how long will this countine for

      • Blue says:

        Did you even read the article you commented on?

        • arsenic says:

          slightly old but new vape cartidge is causing more irritation than last one, my only thoughts is the new one is thicker so maybe the process used to make the cartridge was different. but like article said nothing some water cant fix

    • Ryan Osborne says:

      I have recently bought the smok v8 3000mah stick kit,
      it’s basically a vape stick which is real easy to use, doesn’t require any changing of settings volts/watts etc, it doesn’t have a display screen (no need for one, also makes it so affordable) great cloud production and flavour production, the kit comes with a big baby beast tank (5ml) which is ideal, no need to refill every 5puffs,
      you can buy these in most vape shops but i got mine from Amazon for £40.00
      I’ve just quit smoking and when I crave for a smoke, this totally kicks the crave!
      hope this helps.
      (if you want a chunkier more powerful vape, check out other products from smok including the smok alien 220.)
      (not my thing though I like to fit things in my pockets lol)

  • Chad says:

    I only get a sore throat from using larger tanks like Atlantis. I’ve been vaping for a long time on small clearomizers, cartomizers and mini tanks, etc and never get a sore throat. But it’s like clockwork on large tanks. Just too much hot dense vapor. I still enjoy it occasionally, but too much and I know it’ll tear up my throat.

  • s.m says:

    Hi. Im new to the whole vaping thing.. I quit smoking cigarettes a week ago with the help of vaping.. im having an issue all of a sudden with my tongue turning like a yellowish kind of color. Any one have an idea of what this may be???

    • Kenny Spotz says:

      Have you been drinking extra water? Vaping is known to cause dehydration so if you haven’t increased your daily water intake the yellow tongue could be a side effect.

  • Isabella says:

    Hey. I started vaping earlier on today. While I’d been smoking, as typical of smokers, my voice had gotten lower and I’d read somewhere that if I stopped smoking, my voice would go back to normal and I’d also be able to sing like I used to be able to (which I haven’t been able to do as well since I started smoking, lol). I’m not sure if you have the answer to my question, but will vaping influence my voice in the same way smoking did or in any other way?

    • Tim Mechling says:

      A lot of variables come into play in this regard. Nicotine level, PG/VG blend, your rig, and your vaping frequency all come into play. No two bodies are alike. That said, most smokers that have made the switch report more vocal clarity. A lot of our testimonials come from singers who switched to keep their voices from deteriorating.

  • Joe Schmohawk says:

    I’d feel better about this info, IF you didn’t sell vape products.. Lol smh

  • Sherry Wilson says:

    I don’t understand how continuing to inhale nicotine with the vapor will help me quit smoking cigarettes

    • Isaiah Davey says:

      It is an alternative to smoking cigarettes! By vaping, you aren’t inhaling the countless chemicals that you would if you were smoking cigarettes. As far as the nicotine goes, it is up to you to slowly wean yourself off with the varying strengths of nicotine.

      • Maryann says:

        Kudos… Great answer , I smoked 50 years and have asthma and emphysema i have never thought I would Vape but Against All Odds it’s either Vape or die earlier I am breathing much better no I’m not on oxygen yes I get a sore throat but I used throat lozenges and it helps I drink a lot of water and it all evens out thank you so much for teaching people what is right with vaping

    • Brian Steve says:

      But the are vaping liquid without nicotine.

  • Crystal says:

    My boyfriend and I both started vaping 2 1/2 weeks ago. We are both have problems with sore mouths , tongues and throats. What is causing this. I have added plenty more water still no relief

    • Kenny Spotz says:

      This could result from a number of factors. Were you previously a cigarette smoker? Are you still smoking cigarettes?

      Also, what kind of vaping set-up are you using and what are the details of the juice you are vaping?

      • Taylor says:

        I am having the same problem they are, I have just started using my nemesis drip mod with max VG full time about 2 weeks ago and I have the worst soar throat. I was a pack a day smoker and now I smoke about once a day sometimes I got 2 or 3 days without smoking. I love to vape and I just bought a new Kangertch that I can’t even use because my throat hurts so bad. Anything would help thanks

        • Josh Hanna says:

          I would tone down the nicotine. What nic are you vaping at?

          • Taylor says:

            Well I don’t want to tell you now that you say that….I am/was vaping an 18mg. Should I go down to a 12 or should I go lower. I don’t want to go to low to where I am just wanting a cigarette again but I have to do something else. Thanks for the help.

          • Christopher Bolton says:

            It wouldn’t let me reply to the reply below this/above this, but if you are sitting at an 18mg/vol. right now you have to keep in mind that an average cigarette sits at 12mg/cig. The nicotine in a vape isn’t buffered by smoke, tar and other chemicals though. So a 12mg vape will hit harder than a cigarette since it is in smaller particles (vape particles are far smaller than smoke ones) and there aren’t as many extra things in the way. You should be able to drop down from the 18mg/vol. to about 10mg or 8mg with no issues. I used to smoke and have been vaping for a good 8 years or so now. Had the same issue but was fine at the lower nic. levels. Hope this helps! Sorry if it’s late!

  • Paul Tennant says:

    Will a higher nicotine content possibly cause more dry mouth and sore throat than a lower one?
    I’m using a spinner 2 with kangertech t3d tank and big heart 18 mg menthol e-juice

    • John Swanke says:

      You will definitely feel more of a burn and a throat hit from higher nicotine levels. You could also try a mix with higher VG levels for a smoother vape. What is the current blend you are vaping on? Also, it is known that vaping will dehydrate you a little bit. It’s a good thing to always be drinking plenty of water.

  • Paul Tennant says:

    Also, could the constant strong menthol intake from the e-juice have a factor in throat soreness?
    I’m a former pack a day smoker , only stopped about a week and a half ago and thanks to vaping haven’t even had an urge to go back!

    • John Swanke says:

      The menthol could be causing this…what juice are you vaping? But also since you just recently quit smoking you may just have to wait it out a little bit longer until your throat starts feeling better. It gets better every day! Stay strong.

  • Paul Tennant says:

    It’s 50/50 vg/pg big heart e-juice. And 3 weeks no cigs now. Have a different flavor with lighter menthol and the sore throat has gone mostly away. Thanks for the encouragement and the tip! I’ll look into a higher vg percentage.

  • Marc Gonzalez says:

    Tips for less throat hit/ avoiding sore throat from a subohmer: Lower your Nic level, Increase your VG, consider how warm your vape is and lower wattage accordingly until you are comfortable with the throat hit, On menthol juices you might want to step down the wattage even more. If you still notice your throat is feeling raw or scratchy take a break from vaping for a few hours until you feel normal and then vape 100% VG, if you dont feel any irritation in your throat besides the heavy thick vape that results from max vg you dont have to worry about VG being your problem. Then wait another few hours and with a new setup ideally Try 100% PG juice, if its alarmingly harsh and causes discomfort or pain in your throat then you might have a PG sensitivity. Hope this helped, and if you dont have 100% vg and pg juice try ordering two 0 nicotine bottles of the same juice; one in max VG and one in max PG. Blowing clouds is fun but you need to know your limits and find a setup that you can handle. Everyone is different dont feel bad about vaping at a lower wattage, you just have to take longer hits.

    • John Swanke says:

      Thanks for your tips. You bring up a great point “know your limits”. There are so many options out there when it comes to vaping it can be a little overwhelming at first. But we must remember there’s a setup for everyone as everyone’s vaping needs will differ. Find what works for you and stick with it! Cheers.

  • Jerry Schramek says:

    Just read an article discussing a study done by Harvard. I understand that 39 of 51 vapor companies had diacetyle in their products . how did your company fair out in this study. Does any of MT BAKER products have 2,3 pentanedione in their recipe thanks

    • John Swanke says:

      Our MSDS (Manufacturers Declaration) from the manufacturer who produces the base flavor compounds that we use in our flavoring does not declare Diacetyl, Acetoin or Acetyl Propionyl, or other known variations thereof, in it’s construction. In the interest of full disclosure, we are currently having these flavors tested to ensure quality and consistency throughout the manufacturing process. As it stands, the flavor supplier who provides our flavoring base has not included Diacetyl, Acetyl Propionyl or Acetoin in the construction of this flavor.

      We value complete transparency with our customers and if, during the course of testing, we find any of these ingredients, we will ensure that our customers are notified and we will take the necessary measures to continue to provide safe and quality e liquids.

  • Pete says:

    I have also been reading the above posts, and I do believe that vaping is helping me stop smoking. I mainly use this when down the pub, or stressed. As I have smoked for 20 years my lungs are still clearing out debre

  • Pete says:

    after stoping for one month.

  • Sam says:

    As a high school student I know many others who vape, smoke, and do various drugs. I however have not done any of this. Basically, today I was stuck on a packed bus with a guy vaping right behind me, closed windows and everything. I breathed in at least 7-8 huge clouds of it and well now later today my throat hurts quite a bit and is dry, I have more and thicker phelgm, and a bit of a cough (exactly as the article described but for ex smokers who started vaping.) Is this normal? Oh and I do not know really anything about vaping, but what I do know is that his vape had 24 mg of nicotine in it and they kept increasing the watts (the vape was being shared)

    • Kenny Spotz says:

      Everyone can have a different reaction to second-hand vapor. However, it’s extremely unfortunate that you had to deal with someone blowing clouds in a closed environment such as that. It is hard to tell whether or not this is “normal”, because the effects of second-hand vapor have not been widely studied. The dry throat is a common side-effect of vaping, but it should cause it to hurt. My best advice would be to drink water because vapor is known to cause dehydration. And, next time you are in a situation such as this, make sure to let the person vaping know that you would prefer not to breathe their second hand vape.

  • Sam says:

    I’ve been making sure to drink plenty of water already, I already noticed that helps. I figured I would do my research which is why I’m here. In regards to asking them not to vape, considering the fact that a lot of high school kids who do drugs don’t exactly care about others and just want to get their high, they won’t exactly listen. This is the first time this has happened to me and the first time I’ve ever breathed in this much second hand vape so my throat is not exactly taking it well, and as a singer it is quite annoying as now I’ll be on vocal rest until this gets better which by tomorrow morning hopefully it will be. Thanks for the tips though!

  • Pamela Lynn says:

    I switched to vape pen almost 3 weeks ago now and I am using 12 mg nicotine. For my first 2 weeks my vape pen was awesome. Yes I withdrawled alot but my vape tasted great I just loved it , now my throat is hurting when I inhale but after reading all these comments i honestly do not believe my problem is the same. My vape pen seems to not be working correctly. It’s not happening all the time. It seems my pen isnt burning the oil correctly because when it’s burning my throat it also isn’t making smoke as it normally would. I have tried to explain this to so many people and to no avail!! I love my vape and I do not want to go back to cigs but I must say I am at the end of my patients. I have tried so many things including new coils and nothing is really helping. Again it comes and goes. Sometimes its wiring fine unfortunately that seems to be getting fewer and fewer times that it works correctly and I just want to hit my vape!!! Please someone help me figure this out!!!

  • Tom Vanders says:

    Hello, I have been vaping at 0mg of nicotine recently and tried out 3mg. My throat slightly hurt. Why is that nad how can I stop it?

    • Tim Mechling says:

      I’d advocate changing your blend to higher VG if you want higher nicotine. PG and nicotine contribute to more of a “throat hit,” so you can counteract the burn with higher VG. Also, menthol has a lovely cooling effect!

  • Julie says:

    I picked up my first vape today. And I don’t like my throat hurts and every time I take a puff I cough. I got 6mg and it was too strong so I went back and got 3 mg and it still bad.. I usually smoke one pack a day. Am I doing something wrong

  • Steve_Lite40User says:

    Ive quit smoking for a month now. Im really into vaping. You could say that I vape more than I used to smoke. Its because I can do it practically anywhere. Without the risk of an unwanted odor like cigarette does.

    Ive been telling my story to people around who smokes. And those who have witnessed my smoking habits over the years. They tell me that vaping is not much difference with smoking.
    I have tried to argue that smoking is inhaling both the carcinogen and the nicotine altogether but with vaping you can choose to go 0 nic. Which is precisely the reason.

    My point is do you have any articles or can you point me to a direction for a more in dept analysis of how vaping IS better than smoking. I will probably use it in one of the social media sites that I am member to further ask people to quit. Because vaping is wonderful to me. And Id like to share it to people to.
    (I will credit you for this article and the direction that you can give.)

    Thank You.

  • Lorraine DesMarais says:

    I have been a smoker for 42 years. I smoked 1 pack a day for 35 years and 2 packs a day for the past 7 years. Started vaping one month ago. Unbelievable! I actually smoked 1-1/2 pack of cig. over a period of 30 days! I’m blown away by the benefits of vaping. I’m also glad I found your site today, I learned several things that caused me to understand how to make the vaping experience work even better! Thanks for being there! 🙂

  • Adam says:

    I have start vaping (DIY e juice ) since 3 month and quite smoking , I cant vape 80/20 or 70/30 vg/pg I can only vape 50/50 or more pg , when I vape high vg I got coughing , short breath and allergy Symptoms in my chest and sore .
    but some time when I vape high vg ( another line ) not my diy e juice , it is fine , no any issue .
    is it depend to grade of vg ? or allergy symptoms appear sometime and sometime no appear !?
    but really I like 50/50 just need to drink too water .
    I have also tinnitus but doctor said you cant blame pg maybe stress or anything .

    I hope to get help …
    thanks …

  • Tom D says:

    Thank you for this article. I too am an ex-smoker since purchasing my Smok Alien Baby. I love this thing! Anyway, I searched and found your article at the top of the list making sure my sore throat isn’t a bad reaction. I will hydrate more. Thank you for that tip.

    To all the other readers, I smoked a pack/day for 30+ years. When I first started vaping, the place set me yp with 3 MG/ML Nic. I thought he was crazy. I saw the 18 on the wall, and thought, I know better, I want that one. Well, after a few hours, I thought I was going to die on a nic OD (Not really, but I felt bad). My throat was killing me; I was dizzy. I went back in to the shop, and listened to what he had to say. I purchased a few small bottles of juice of different nic %. I found that 6MG/ml was perfect for me. I also dropped my Watts down to 40. See, I don’t care to make a big cloud, or look cool. That’s what I thought 30+ years ago when I started smoking, and wished everyday since I never did. What I want is to ween myself off cigarettes. I’ve tried quitting before. I understand the symptoms of withdrawl.

    If you are an ex-smoking, your body is changing over the next hours, days, weeks, and months. Do not let the feeling of withdrawl tell you it needs more nicotine. Pick a level that would be like your habit. I reputable shop will be honest and help you select one. You just need to worry about the flavor. 🙂 My body feels better now that I’ve cut down the Watts and Nic. If I want a little punch of Nic, I may put fill my tank with a 2/3 6MG, and 1/3 12 MG. I know doing that though, my throat is going to hurt the next morning, so I’m trying to not. I know I don’t need the extra nicotine. I do also have an extra tank that I’ll put in a different juice, I all it my fun juice. It’s a little extra sweet, with a flavor I love, but wouldn’t want it constantly. I got that one in 3MG/ML, and will push that down to 0 in the next few months.

    This is just my two cents. And I guess my main opinion is to find a good shop that will spend a little time with you up front to help you select the best products for your needs. You’ll be happier, and feel better in the end.

  • Robert Guerrero says:

    I know the answer on how to stop throat burning and even have new vapors people not go threw one day of soar throat from vaping … you just need to curl your tounge to protect your throat from the hot jumping popcorn looking specks that fly out ..almost burnt my eye out when one of these suckers hit me so close to my eye ball while I looked inside to see why my bla bla bla bla bla. Share this to the world . Please

  • Robert Guerrero says:

    Curl your tongue while drawing from your vape and never go threw one day of soar throat . CURL THAT TONGUE. Peace world. Happy vaping

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