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.
If you would like to walk in to our store to talk to our staff:
Hours of Operation: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Address: 7159 Guide Meridian Rd
Lynden, WA 98264
If you would like to talk to our staff online or via phone:
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Phone Number: 1(877) 565-8273
Also we have live chat, which can be found on our website, at the bottom right of your screen saying “Let’s Talk.” If you click on that, then someone will be with you as soon as they possibly can!
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!