To Vape or Not to Vape When You're Unwell

To Vape or Not to Vape When You're Unwell

Also, your cough could be as simple as first-time vaping!

16 April 2024 | Hannah Rubery

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In the world of vape enthusiasts, the question inevitably arises—'should I put my E-cig away when I've caught a cold?'. For vapers—both those who've just made the switch from cigarettes and seasoned E-liquid aficionados—this dilemma is a significant one.

Vaping, a growing sensation among those seeking an alternative to traditional tobacco products, boasts numerous benefits. Yet, just like traditional smoking, there are moments when the vapour you've come to love may not be the best company for your health.

To Inhale or Not to Inhale?

The consensus among the vast community of vape connoisseurs is clear—when you're sick, it's best to give vaping a temporary pass. Here's why:

Revisiting Common Courtesy to Your Respiratory System When illness strikes, your respiratory system goes on red alert. The swelling, mucus buildup, and general inflammation seen with colds, flus, and other maladies all indicate that the system needs a break to recover fully. Vaping, which involves inhaling flavoured vapour, can irritate already-sensitive airways, leading to a prolonged illness or even complications.

Navigating Around Illness: Vape Tips for Healthier Puffs

Understanding the health implications of vaping when under the weather isn't about scaremongering; it's about being educated. If you are otherwise healthy, there are few things more rejuvenating than a fresh, minty vape pod. But to make the experience less likely to give you issues, consider these tips:

Perfecting the PG/VG Concoction

Propylene glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerine (VG) are the unsung heroes of your E-liquids. They enhance flavour, carry the nicotine, and create plumes of vapour. However, these vital elements can sometimes irritate the throat especially if you're already ill.

In rare cases you can also be sensitive to Propylene Glycol, in which case you may not be able to vape PG containing E-liquids.

The Sanctity of Individual Mouthpieces

Sharing is caring, except when it comes to vape mouthpieces. The flu virus and common cold thrive in a warm, moist environment—which coincidentally, is precisely what a vape device offers. To avoid sharing more than just a good vape, keep your vape to yourself.

Cleanliness Equals Cloud-Clearing Health

Regular cleaning ensures that no unwanted bacteria or substances make a temporary home in your device, eliminating an extra avenue for infection. It's also vital for enjoying your vape.

Transitioning to Vaping: Expectations for New Vapers

For individuals taking the significant step from traditional smoking to vaping, it's crucial to understand the adjustments your body may undergo during this transition. A common experience some new vapers report is developing a cough.

So long as there are no other symptoms alongside it, and this is only for a short time, this phenomenon is not necessarily a cause for alarm. Rather, it's a sign that your body is adjusting to this new inhalation method.

When you quit smoking cigarettes and switch to vaping, your lungs begin the process of clearing out the accumulated mucus and other residues left from cigarette smoke. This cleansing process can trigger coughing, which, although it may be slightly uncomfortable, is indicative of your respiratory system working towards recovery. If your cough does not get better or gets worse, see a medical professional for advice.

Inhaled too Fast? A Conclusion for Clarity

Vaping has undeniably carved a significant path in the smoker's road to 'quitter town'. It is a less harmful alternative to traditional smoking and, for many, it's been a stepping stone to the complete cessation of nicotine consumption. But as with all aspects of health, wisdom should guide the hand that holds the vape. When your body raises the 'illness' banner, it's wise to heed the caution and put your device on sleep mode until further notice.

Remember, vaping can carry a risk, even at the best of times, which is why vaping is not advised for those who have never smoked.

When you've bounced back from your cold, sore throat, or tonsillitis, Pod Salt will be here, your faithful companion, waiting to reignite your passion for vaping.