Sore Throat From Vaping? 9 Tell Tale Signs You Should Be Worried About

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Have you experienced a sore throat because of vaping? Wouldn’t you want to know why? Also, is vaping safe? Can it cause cancer? Does it have any side effects?

Find answers to all these questions and know everything about vaping as you read on.

Tobacco Smoking

Smoking tobacco based cigarettes and cigars is a grave health hazard. Dangerously, tobacco smoke contains upwards of 7000 chemicals in it.  And none of them is beneficial to health. Besides, tobacco harms almost every body organ. It is the cause of a large number of deaths worldwide.

Seven out of ten smokers seriously intend to kick the butt. But the severe addiction to nicotine makes this transition almost impossible. The reason for this intense addiction to nicotine is its ability to play around with two hormones in the brain. Namely, dopamine and noradrenaline are hormones. This combination generates a pseudo feeling of ‘happiness’ and ‘feel-good.’ The mind craves for this feeling. Nicotine is not good for your health. Also, its combination with 7000 odd chemicals wrecked the lungs and health of the smokers.

E-cigarettes or vaping came in as an option to wean away smokers from the harmful tobacco smoke. E-cigarettes hit the commercial market somewhere around 2007. But its first predecessor made an appearance in 1963.  However, the technology of e-cigarette got developed in 1927.

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Sore Throat From Vaping: What Is Vaping?

According to Center On Addiction, vaping is inhaling and exhaling of aerosols using a vaping device. Because there is no smoke in vaping, there is no threat of tar. Typically, the vaping device carries a proprietary liquid that contains a controlled amount of nicotine. As a person sucks the e-cigarette, a battery-based heater in the cigarette heats it into an aerosol, which one inhales.

Vaping may also involve the use of nicotine. But the amount reduces to a great extent. Moreover, the other harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke are completed avoided.

Though not wholly safe, vaping was comparatively safer than tobacco smoking. However, in recent years, vaping links to lots of respiratory illnesses. Also, it is responsible for quite a few fatalities. Vaping has given rise to a new genre of the disease termed as EVALI (E-cigarette, Vaping products use Associated Lung Illness).

More than 40 million vapers (persons using the vaping system) in the world expose themselves to the danger of EVALI. Therefore about 30 countries around the globe have banned E-cigarettes.

Why Does My Throat Hurt So Bad After Vaping?

To understand and appreciate the discussion, a basic understanding of the vaping device will help.

The vaping device fundamentally consists of:

  • the chamber filled with vaping liquid
  • any form of an atomizer that vaporizes the vaping liquid into aerosol or vapors
  • the drawing or suction system that initiates the atomization process using a battery

For some people who have just taken to vaping, the aerosol cloud hurts the throat. Also, depending on the vaper and one’s style of vaping, there are various reasons for the sore throat.

A vaper may have migrated from smoking tobacco to vaping. Then, the sore throat could be because of nicotine withdrawal. Sore throat is one of the most common symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. It happens if the vaping is nicotine-free. Or the percentage of nicotine is lower than the cigarette. Even if the vaping juice laced with nicotine, it will hurt the throat.

The tobacco cigarettes have a lacing of mild anesthetic chemicals that dulls the nicotine hit. But in vaping liquid, there are no anesthetic chemicals.  So, the nicotine hits the throat directly, and it gets sore.

If the vaper is a novice and comes to vape, the nicotine in the juice will directly ‘hit’ his throat. Even a non-nicotine concoction will hurt and dry the throat. That is because of the Propylene Glycerol (PG), which is the base of the aerosol mix. Generally, PG is hygroscopic (water-absorbing) in nature. The vaping aerosol hits the throat. Consequently, it absorbs the natural moisture of the throat to make it dry and hoarse. Then, it hurts the throat.

Some Other Allied Reasons

The intensity of the draw also matters when you are having a sore throat from vaping. Very intense draw, in the beginning, will draw in lots of vapors. And the throat may not be able to tolerate it. Also, the volatile organic compounds or diacetyl in the vaping juice irritates the throat.

At times there may be no vaping juice in the chamber, and vaper may suck on the e-cigarette. As a consequence, there is a ‘dry hit’ on the throat. That will be like a burnt sensation. It irritates the throat considerably.

Sore Throat From Vaping: Can You Get Throat Cancer?

Reasons To Suspect It Can Cause Cancer:

Based on our research in Cancer.Org, vaping became commercially popular from around 2005 – 2007. It is more than a decade now. Then too, no conclusive research or finding links vaping to cancer. Like in the case of tobacco smoking, it is said with finality that the use of tobacco leads to cancer disease. A similar declaration is yet not confirmed for vaping.

However, that does not way mean that vaping does not lead to cancer. There is no proof either way. One lobby is very sure of the carcinogenic effect of vaping. They base their arguments on the ingredients used in the vaping juice. Nicotine, for one, is known for its drastic impact on the respiratory system. Though tar is absent in vaping, that does not make it safe.

Even if nicotine not added to the vaping juices, there are other ingredients. These could be formaldehyde, heavy metals, and some cancer-causing particles. Research and data may not contribute or indicate that vaping causes cancer. But these constituents are known to have carcinogenic effects on animals and humans.

Typically, diacetyl present in the vaping fluid links to scarring lungs tissue. There are more than 8000 different flavors offered in vaping fluid. Strangely, the ingredients used in these fluids are not known to the users. Hence, there is a very high risk of various damages to the respiratory system and the lungs. Additionally, it can weaken your immune system making you vulnerable to some viral disease.

Reasons To Believe It Does Not Cause Cancer:

Likewise, the other argument goes in favor of vaping. It accepts that vaping does not cause cancer. The most significant and convincing argument is a lack of evidence to prove otherwise.

Generally, in cases where a vaper develops cancer, it was found that before vaping, there was a long history of tobacco smoking. Since tobacco and cancer are linked, vaping escape the responsibility. Additionally, the second fact is that nicotine, in combination with over 7000 odd chemicals, creates havoc in the respiratory systems. Whereas in vaping, nicotine is optional, and those chemicals are also absent. So in comparison to tobacco smoking, the risk is significantly reduced.


In essence, when we put all these together, some sensible and logical conclusions can be drawn. And as the Heart.Org says:

  • Children and minors, including school-going kids, should not vape. Since the chemicals interfere and hamper the mental and physical growth process.
  • If someone has not been smoking anything, then that person should abstain from vaping. If not cancer, vaping is undoubtedly known to cause lots of irritation and complications in the respiratory tract. Conclusively. a non-smoker getting into vaping enters into a high-risk zone medically
  • A tobacco smoker who gets into vaping downgrades the risk. Since one moves from a medically high-risk area to a comparatively lower risk lifestyle. But, in no way acceptance of vaping considered a healthy option. It is just a comparative analysis.
  • No evidence of cancer conclusively draws against vaping. Then too, it goes to prove beyond doubt that vaping is hugely detrimental to the general health.
  • The American cancer society demolishes the claim that e-cigarettes help quit smoking. Instead, it very clearly states that one must not opt for vaping to quit smoking.
  • Thirty countries around the world have banned their use in their respective countries. They have realized the potential threat that e-cigarettes can pose to human health.

9 Side Effects From Vaping

Vaping e-cigarettes categorizes as a ‘sin product.’ It is dangerous and harmful to human health. Though it is touted as a device to help quit smoking, the FDA and health authorities do not vouch for this claim. Vaping is known for following side effects:

1. Dry Mouth

Vapers suffer from parched mouth and throat. It is natural and healthy for the mouth and throat to be moist with saliva and mucous. Also, it serves as a very effective defense against infection. That apart, dry mouth and throat feel very rough and sore.

The base ingredient of vaping fluid is propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine (PG and VG). A high percentage of PG in the vaping juice makes it absorb all the moisture from the throat and mouth. Even VG is hygroscopic.

3. Sore Throat

Mostly, nicotine content in the vaping fluid results in a sore throat. In the case of non-nicotine fluid, the flavoring or the PG or some other chemical irritates the throat. There are lots of unknown chemicals in the liquid which does not go well with the throat.

4. Coughing

Many of the first-time vapers end up coughing when they use e-cigarettes. Many times, inappropriate suction is the primary reason for it. Sucking on a cigarette and e-cigarette is very different.  Also, it depends on the type of vaping device. Settings and the aperture, also decide how much aerosol comes in the mouth.

a woman coughing

Unlike the cigarette, the aerosol should remain in the mouth for a few seconds before taking it down to the lungs.

In short, these synchronization and judgments take some time. In the meanwhile, the vaper coughs as he uses the e-cigarette

5. Headaches

It is a part of the withdrawal symptoms. As the person quits cigarettes and stars to vape, the body craves nicotine. As a result, the craving and dependency on nicotine results in dull to severe headaches. Even if the vaping juice laces with nicotine, the combination of nicotine with other alkaloids is missing in the vaping liquid.

6. Dizziness Or Headrush

As with smoking tobacco, in the initial days of vaping, one feels lightheaded and kind of dizzy. However, not a very serious side effect, it goes off in some time. Eventually, the body gets used to vaping, and the sensation ceases in due course of time.

At times, dizziness persists beyond a couple of days. Then try reducing the nicotine content in the fluid. And if it is a non-nicotine vape, then vape for shorter durations and less frequently. Continue this till the body conditions to the vape.

7. Weight Loss/Gain

There is no direct evidence that proves vaping is responsible either for weight gain/loss. Like any other stimulant, nicotine may suppress hunger. As a result, the vaper may eat less. Or the sweet flavor of the vape may satiate one’s need for sweets. Hence, there could be some weight loss. But this is just a hypothesis without any real evidence to it.

Conversely, if vaping stops, it is replaced by frequent munching on snacks. Eating more may, in turn, add bulk to the person.

8. Nausea

Generally, nicotine alternatives to smoking do work up the stomach. Along with some minor pain and discomfort, a feeling of nausea prevails. It seems users of nicotine gums and patches experience this weird feeling. But it goes off in a few days.

If nausea persists beyond a couple of days, then it is better to check up with the doctor.

9. Tiredness And Fatigue

Tiredness is again because of the nicotine. Strangely, nicotine can increase alertness and also sedate a person at the same time. Just like any other stimulant, till the nicotine rush is in the blood, it will keep one alert and moving. But as the effect wears off, one feels dead tired and run down. The over-activity during the stimulated state drains off the body entirely. And it is just a crash after that.

Chest Pain From Vaping

Quite a few things might be responsible for the chest pain, individually or collectively.

Firstly, nicotine content needs an address. Chest pain occurs if it goes beyond what the body can take and tolerate.

If it is not nicotine, then the flavoring agents are probably not going well with the body. Sometimes the combination of various additives may not be suitable. In some cases, the atomizer may be throwing up a lot of aerosols for the lungs to take.

Carefully scrutinize all the above factors and make the necessary changes until the pain subsides. Do not take the chest pain lightly. And, if the remedy is not in sight, please consult a doctor. Follow his advice/treatment.

In addition to this, for some people, person-specific reactions and side effects may manifest. But by and large, we have seen the major ones.


Vaping, if taken up, to quit smoking is understandable to some extent. However, health authorities do not stand by this claim. But people consider it a stepping stone towards cigarette and nicotine-free life.

American Cancer Society and FDA advise teenagers and school going kids to abstain from vaping. Since they fear it could seriously jeopardize the mental and physical growth.

Even non-tobacco smoking adults should not resort to vaping. It links to lots of severe respiratory ailments. That is what the health authorities advise.

Through this article, one gains a fair understanding of what vaping is, why you are experiencing a sore throat and other ways it affects our body.


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