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08 Jul '15

What are the negative effects of vaping?

Posted by Ian Kennedy

What are the negative effects of vaping?

Vaping is still relatively new and many of the facts are still unknown. Still today, arguments will arise about the comparison of vaping to smoking cigarettes. Is vaping dangerous? Is vaping a healthier alternative for smoking? What are the side effects of vaping?

Vaping, if not already aware, is new form of smoking through E-cigarettes. E-cigarettes is not like smoking a traditional cigarette. There is no combustion and the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes are not found in vaping. Arguably one of the biggest fears of vaping is the nicotine overdose. This should only be considered for vapers who use high nicotine levels in their E-liquid, i.e. 18-36 mg. Today the most common nicotine levels are 3 and 6 mg. You should not be concerned about overdosing use low mg of nicotine. Everyone’s tolerance levels are different. Some may breakout in hives, have a sore throat, minor headaches, etc. We will go further into the side effects and allergic reactions that some users may suffer from vaping.

In many new vapers, users tend to suffer from nicotine overdose. For example, I was a social smoker. I smoke a few cigarettes a week. When I switched to vaping, I started off at a 6 mg. This was a little harsh for me but I adjusted. I found myself favoring a 3 mg, because it didn’t give me the dizziness and headaches I was experiencing when vaping a 6 mg. Myself, I enjoy chain vaping. The high nicotine level didn’t allow me to chain vape without feeling the side effects. Currently, from time to time, I feel a little lightheaded if I am doing rapid chain vaping on hot builds using a drip atomizer.

Here are some of the symptoms when too much nicotine enters the bloodstream:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Nausea
  • Chest pains/tightness
  • Cold sweaty palms
  • Dizziness
  • Tremors
  • High blood pressure
  • Excessive sweating & saliva production

**Extreme Cases** Death can occur in young children, small animals and users who handle high levels amount of nicotine (50 mg+)

If you are experiencing any these symptoms, we suggest you take a break from vaping. Also try lowering your nicotine level and intake.

Propylene Glycol (PG) Allergies & Irritations

In some cases, people have reported suffering from allergic reactions when using high PG E-liquids. Just to be clear, PG is safe. It is found in numerous pharmaceuticals and cosmetic products. We recommend, if you’re suffering from irritations or allergic reactions because of the PG in the E-liquid, try using E-liquid with a higher VG content, i.e. 70VG/30PG or 80VG/20VG.

Side effects of PG intake include:

  • Sore or dry throat & mouth
  • Muscle pains
  • Rashes
  • Hives
  • Diarrhea
  • Red eyes
  • Insomnia


PG E-liquids are often made using food ingredients. People who suffer from food allergies like nuts, fruits, vegetables or another type of food group have a higher chance of suffering allergies from PG E-liquids. For example, say you’re allergic to nuts, we recommend you do not vape any E-liquids that have an almond or nutty taste. Sounds simple enough. You should become more aware about the different types of flavoring when it comes to E-liquids. Don’t worry there are thousands of different flavors, so you will find the perfect flavors that meets your wants and needs.

In conclusion, vaping is much more safer and effective method to quit smoking cigarettes. Vaping reduces the tar-buildup in the lungs and reduces any respiratory conditions. Keep in mind it is a safer alternative but with any nicotine product, there are risks. We recommend you still do some research regarding nicotine overdosing. With some minor tweaking, you will find the best E-liquid and right nicotine level that suits you best. Vape on!

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