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Why do you cough when vaping?

If you are new to vaping, you may cough, although this is not universal. This post will investigate and clarify all of your unresolved concerns about coughing when vaping.

Coughing during vaping is mainly due to poor vaping technique.

You may need to get acclimated to a new way of inhaling while using an electronic cigarette or other vape goods.


Coughing is a typical adverse effect of vaping that may put you off, impair your experience, and make you quit. If you inhale and feel uncomfortable and tickle the back of your throat, there are few things you may try. There is a small risk that using a vape pen (of any kind) will not work for you, but this is rare.

Try the suggestions below since they have a high success rate.


Electronic cigarettes enable you to inhale nicotine vapor rather than smoking a cigarette which contains over 4000 compounds and 50 carcinogens. E-cigarettes and vape pens do not create tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most harmful components in tobacco smoke.

Nicotine (2.0%), propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerine (VG), and flavourings are heated in an E-liquid (also known as vape juice). When this e-liquid is heated by a coil, it turns into a genuine smoke-like vapour that you inhale just like a cigarette.

The main difference is that you don't receive tar, carbon monoxide, or any of the other 4,000 compounds or poisons that you would acquire from smoking cigarettes.




The chemicals inhaled while smoking or vaping is the major reason individuals start vaping.

A regular cigarette contains about 4000 compounds, including 50 carcinogens. Smoking has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, lung illness, and cancer.

Some compounds contained in typical cigarettes and tobacco smoke include:

  • Acetone -  included in nail polish remover, also in hair dyes.
  • Ammonia - a typical cleaner, found in rat poison
  • Benzene - in rubber cement and fuel
  • Butane - lighter fluid
  • Cadmium - component in battery acid
  • Carbon monoxide (CO)
  • embalming fluid
  • Hexamine - BBQ lighter fluid
  • Battery lead
  • Naphthalene - a mothball component
  • Methyl Ethanol (Methanol)
  • Tar - road paving material
  • Paint-making toluene

You only inhale Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerine and Nicotine when you vape. So 99.9% fewer ingredients, carcinogens, and chemicals than cigarettes.

To put it simply, “e-cigarettes are at least 95% less dangerous than regular cigarettes,” according to Public Health England.

"E-cigarettes are at least 95% less dangerous than cigarettes," says Public Health England.


If you are a former smoker who has just switched to vaping, Vapers Cough is one of the few possible adverse effects. This is a prickly cough caused by inhaling your vaping device. You may also have a sore throat or respiratory irritation.

This is a typical condition among novice vapers and is usually transient. It takes some getting accustomed to. Here are some possible causes of Vapers cough.


Inhalation injury to the Cilia is one of the documented negative effects of smoking. The Cilia are small hairs on the back of your throat that clean your airway and enable you to breathe easily. Tobacco smoke destroys these hairs, and after you stop smoking, they grow back, causing discomfort and coughing in many new vapers.

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Coughing episodes might also be caused by a broken or malfunctioning Vape Mod or Atomizer, or incorrect setup. Please contact the vape shop or website where you got your device to ensure it is properly set up.

Numerous bigger vape mods and open systems have many changeable components, so something may be wrong with the atomizer or coil (the heating element which vapourizes the e-liquid). 

If your vape equipment is faulty or not set up properly, you may have brief coughing fits while inhaling it.


Bad e-liquid might make you cough. This is because most e-liquids are created in China (different regulations). So, whether you bought inexpensive e-liquids or a new e-cigarette at a gas station, examine where they are manufactured. If it doesn't indicate on the front of the packaging, the e-liquids aren't created in the UK.

SMOKO believes that e-liquid quality is one of the most crucial components in a fantastic vaping experience. Our e-liquids are made in the UK, where we know the safety and quality regulations are strict.


Propylene Glycol (PG) is added to an e-liquid to simulate smoking and a “throat hit”. Using a bigger vape device or sub-ohm vape kit may be causing your coughing.

PG is one of the four chemicals in e-liquids. It is colorless, tastes somewhat sweet, and is completely safe to consume.

PG is vital in providing a genuine smoking experience with an e-cigarette. The greater PG ratio gives a truly cigarette-like “throat hit”. Miniature vaping devices like cigalikes and vape pods with low-power batteries and high PG content simulate smoking.

Using a high PG e-liquid ratio may be too much for bigger devices or vape mods with greater battery power. In this scenario, a lower PG ratio e-liquid may be worth considering.

Using a stronger nicotine e-liquid in a bigger device may also cause discomfort and coughing. A reduced nicotine dosage may help reduce coughing.


It is not true that larger is better when it comes to vaping or using an e-cigarette to help you stop smoking. DTL vaping uses a bigger vape mod or sub-ohm device. So they “push” the vapors deep. These bigger devices emit more power and vapour, which might be overpowering to someone new to vaping and induce coughing.

Mouth to Lung vaping (MTL). This is how you smoke a regular cigarette. This method draws cigarette smoke into your mouth, then into your lungs. This is how you should vape.

If a DTL vape mod causes coughing, consider a smaller MTL cigalike or vape like one of SMOKO's e-cigarette or vape starter kits.


After a time, your lungs will have a tar coating. Your lungs will cough up part of the tar when you switch to e-cigarettes. Coughing up tar and phlegm is your body's method of getting rid of poisons from years of smoking.

The advantages of using an e-cigarette instead of smoking outweigh the inconvenience.


When you first start vaping, you may have a dry mouth and feel dehydrated. This might be because of the Propylene Glycol and Nicotine, which can make you thirsty and produce a dry mouth. When you first start vaping, drink lots of water if you have a dry mouth, slight dehydration, or a cough.

Drink plenty of water while using an e-cigarette or vape pen.


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Some of the hundreds of compounds in cigarettes may anesthetize your throat and lessen your desire to cough. You coughed if you stopped smoking for a few days, as when you're ill, and then started again! Because the cough suppressants in cigarettes accumulate over time, it becomes easier to smoke. Big tobacco's sneaky ruse.

Because e-cigarettes and vapes have no cough suppressant ingredients, you may cough briefly after vaping. To quit smoking for good, we suggest you stay with a smaller e-cigarette and drink plenty of water.


The nicotine content of your vape juice is also a factor in your first coughing. When using a closed system vape or cigalike with pre-filled refills, most manufacturers contain their highest nicotine dose. When switching to e-cigarettes for the first time, most ex-smokers find it easier to stop using a high nicotine strength. With a realistic throat impact and pleasing nicotine levels, this will help you transition from smoking to vaping.

If you cough while smoking a cigalike with 1.8 or 2.0% nicotine, consider a lower nicotine dose. SMOKO offers pre-filled cartridges with 2.0%, 1.82%, 1.52%, 1.12%, and 0% nicotine.

If you are coughing when using a bigger vape mod or sub-ohm vaping kit with a higher nicotine e-liquid, we suggest decreasing the battery power and perhaps lowering the nicotine amount. A bigger device will produce more vapour, but may not provide enough nicotine to satisfy cravings. Once you get over the first coughing, less power and more nicotine may fulfill your needs.


Coughing is often caused by a dry throat. We constantly advise plenty of water to stay hydrated. Here are some more amazing vaping cough prevention ideas.


As stated before in this essay, quitting smoking and switching to vaping requires patience and willpower. Sadly, some individuals who cough upon first using a vape kit may never use one again. They then make the mistake of smoking again. You may need to adjust your vaping technique since it differs from smoking.

If you cough when you use an e-cigarette, try inhaling slower and lighter until you become acclimated to the vapour. Until you discover the appropriate vaping method, you might take slower and longer drags until you get accustomed to it.


Using a bigger vape mod or sub-ohm vape kit may cause throat inflammation and coughing. A lower PG and higher VG ratio may be easier on the throat. However, higher VG vape liquids tend to have lower nicotine levels, leaving you dissatisfied and seeking smokes. Find the correct ratio of PG, VG, and nicotine intensity for your needs.


In addition, if you are new to vaping, you may want to try one of the various nicotine strengths we carry at SMOKO. If your e-cigarette or vape starter set came with 2.0%, consider one of our lower strength refills. This may help you cough up that vaper.


A Nicotine Salts (nic salts) e-liquid may be suitable for your refillable vape pod or vape mod kit. Many companies claim nic salts are smoother on the throat, meaning less throat hit. Using a nic salt vape juice may help minimize coughing for some.


Drinking 8 glasses of water every day is recommended by doctors. Some smokers or novice vapers may be dehydrating themselves.

Propylene Glycol may induce dry mouth and coughing by bonding with salivary water. Drinking more water is a simple remedy. This will benefit your whole body, including your cough.


You may obtain too much vapour if you use a bigger vape mod with adjustable power output and wattage. This might be causing you to cough. So reduce the power and try again. Lowering the battery power may be enough to relieve throat discomfort and stop vapers coughing.


Larger vape mods and sub-ohm kits are for experts. However, if you were sold a bigger device as a new vaper, the quantity of vapour it “pushes” into your lungs may be too much for you.

Most bigger devices feature an adjustable airflow setting. Less vapour is produced when the airflow is restricted. This may help you stop coughing while you vape.


Coughing may occur if you vape often or chain vape. Your body will tell you if you are doing too much, just like cigarettes. So take little puffs and put your vape down.


Vaping bigger kits or sub-ohm mods generally has changeable coils. To inhale the smoke-like vapour, the coil heats the e-liquid. If you cough when using a bigger vape mod, replace the coil. The coils might wear out or accumulate residue over time, resulting in a bad vaping experience. Or try a vape kit that has a built-in coil in their pods or refills.

Upgrade your vape mod or vape pen's coil for a better experience.


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If you don't like vaping after one attempt, remember that it's much less dangerous than smoking. Most top health and medical bodies in the UK and Europe agree that switching to an e-cigarette or vape is better for your short and long term health.

Some of the benefits of vaping include:

  • Using e-cigarettes should help your breathing.
  • You should have greater energy and less tar, poisons, and carcinogens in your body.
  • You won't smell like cigarettes or ashtrays.
  • Taste and fragrance should improve.
  • Your endurance starts to improve.


Changing from smoking to vaping requires patience, trial and error to find the correct nicotine level and device, and of course willpower. While quitting smoking may not be easy, the long-term advantages greatly exceed the short-term risks.