If you are a smoker, then you might be concerned about the possibility of side effects from electronic cigarettes. I am sure you are already well aware of the dangers of tobacco, and that you should either smoke less or, preferably, give up smoking entirely. However, you may be wary about the alternatives to smoking, which are all fairly recent additions to the market.
This may include being a little unsure about electronic cigarettes. Are these really as amazing a product as is claimed? What might the effects be on your health? The last thing you would want to do is to switch your tobacco cigarette to other alternatives while you are not sure if they are safe enough either.When you first begin using an E-cigarette, you may experience several unusual side effects. However, these side effects are most often withdrawal symptoms due to quitting smoking – your body is addicted, so it experiences cravings for normal cigarettes.
In this article, I will do my best to explain all the possible causes of and reasons behind the most common problems resulting from using an E-cigarette. Although first, let me point out that I have no medical background, and all articles are based on my own research and personal experience. However, most people find that they switch to E-cigarettes without experiencing any of these issues. If you do have any of these symptoms, and they are persistent, then you should go and see your doctor.
Electronic cigarette side effects
Headaches – To begin with the most common problem, you might find yourself with a headache. If you do get a painful headache, then a possibility is that you have taken in too much nicotine. If this happens, simply relax, put down your E-cigarette and drink plenty of water. Then, the next time you are ready to vape, try using lower nicotine strength e-liquid, or otherwise, don’t vape quite so much.
When you are trying to stop smoking, it is not just difficult for you, but also for your body.
This is another reason you might experience headaches. When you quit smoking, your brain oxygen and chemical levels change. Some of the possible effects are temporary sleep disruption, increased caffeine levels and changes in your diet. All of these result in headaches, but in most cases, you will feel better after a few days.
Sore / Dry Throat or Nose – This problem can be related to Propylene Glycol (PG). PG is a humectant, meaning it absorbs moisture, and can therefore leave your throat dry or sore. Usually, this side effect subsides within a few weeks, mainly because your throat is adjusting from your usual smoke to vapour. If you have this problem, then try to drink a lot of water, and if it becomes very painful, please visit your doctor straight away.
Muscle Aches – PG is converted into lactic acid in your body, which can cause muscle aches. Always drink plenty of water to get rid of the excess lactic acid.
Spots or Acne – This is a result of giving up smoking – your body begins to detoxify itself, so there are a lot of toxins being pushed out, and the pores in your face are a pretty good escape route for them.
So it is really trapped toxins being released which causes the acne and spots.
Coughing up Tar – This is another common issue when quitting traditional tobacco cigarettes. The explanation for this is extremely simple – your lungs are finally able to start cleaning themselves out!
Hiccups – If you keep getting the hiccups, it might be because there is too much nicotine entering to your body. Additionally, you should make sure you are not swallowing any drops of e-cigarette liquid from your cartridge! If e-liquid is frequently entering your mouth, then you should stop using it and buy a new electronic cigarette immediately!
Bleeding Gums – This one is a common issue when you are trying to quit smoking; It seems that many people report bleeding gums when brushing their teeth, and this is quite a common symptom of withdrawal. One possibility might be that smokers develop thicker gums to protect against the smoke. You don’t need to worry about this, since it should heal up after a week or so. Although, if it does continue for longer, then please see your doctor.
Benefits of the Electronic Cigarettes
This is a small list of common benefits of using the E-cigarette:
- Fingernails / tips turning from yellowish to clear.
- Your teeth become whiter.
- Your gums return to their natural dark pink colour instead of grey.
- Your moods become more balanced.
- Breathing is easier and stamina is higher during exercise.
- Food tastes and smells better.
- Your sexual potency increases.