Vaping: Coughing and Wheezing - Somehow Not a Bad Thing?
This one is for the recent former smokers out there, or those in the process of quitting. You’re likely familiar with the dreaded “smoker’s cough,” where you’ll hack, wheeze, and maybe spit out what feels like a piece of your lung in the morning, right?
Yeah, we know, nasty. That’s part of why you’re trying to quit, right? So why is it, then, that things seem to be getting worse?
First off, fear not. This is something all quitters, whether they’re transitioning to vaping or attempting a cold-turkey or pharmaceutical-drug-aided quit, will go through.
What you’re experiencing isn’t a negative body reaction to your newfound love of vaping. Instead, it’s an effort from your body to purge the toxins that have built up in your system from years of tobacco use. Now is probably the time to step in and remind you that we’re not doctors but instead enthusiastic supporters of vaping who’ve gone through what you might be experiencing - everything here is anecdotal evidence and not intended to be construed as scientific proof, but we’re still steadfast supporters in the opinions expressed here.
With that out of the way, what can you expect? Going back to the age-old vaping cliche of “it depends,” your use really will determine your reaction.
Were you a heavy smoker who’s recently abandoned tobacco altogether? Even if you’re able to replace your nicotine habit with vaping, your lungs and other systems in your body will probably let you know in no uncertain terms that they’re ready to purge whatever crud you’ve put in.
Are you transitioning to dual-use, continuing to smoke while you pick up vaping and taper off the tobacco? Your results likely won’t be as severe, though they may last longer.
In any case, anticipate a period where you’ll experience some of the same symptoms of tobacco use, but a bit more intensely. These include morning coughing, excess phlegm, and general stuffiness. The sooner you quit your tobacco habit entirely the quicker these will pass, but the heavier your usual use was, the stronger the quit symptoms will be.
Our advice? Stick with it! Again, this is anecdotal evidence, but we’ve seen drastic improvement among our staff and friends within four to six weeks of quitting smoking, and by the time two months has passed (this may seem like a long time, but if you’ve smoked for years or decades try to put it in perspective) virtually all former tobacco users we’ve met will report a boost in energy, greater ease in breathing, and a general healthier outlook on life.
Summer is upon us - could there be a better time to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle and finally put tobacco addiction behind you?