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    Hi everyone,

    I have been vaping exclusively for about 7-8 weeks now and have developed what seems to be serious breathing difficulties. I noticed it when I was smoking too and that's one of the reasons I was motivated to quit, but it has gotten worse and not better. I smoked for 8 yrs about a pack a day and I am 27 now. I went to a doctor about a year ago, I didn't do tests or anything but she said my breathing seems fine and it was a mental issue. I do have bad anxiety and depression and I always have had chest pain and with that I did get testing done and was always told it was the anxiety, and that it can affect breathing as well but I am just really scared that my lungs are damaged. I can't really afford to go to a doctor at the moment and get tests done so I was hoping that this could just be: 1) Anxiety from quitting smoking or 2) Detox of all the junk and tar in my lungs or 3) Getting too much nicotine. I do vape pretty heavily and mainly AVE juice (18mg and 12mg) which is VG, though I cut down today and am going to stop passively vaping and go to a different room when I want to have a vape, basically like I did when I smoked. Since I quit smoking I also started spending the cigarette money on whole foods and eat a lot of raw organic fruits, veg, and leafy greens while cutting out the junk, and also started doing yoga. All in hope that I can help my body detox and feel better, and hopefully as a result will also help my underlying depression and anxiety which is why I smoked in the first place. I was thinking about switching to snus but I don't think I could, as I love vaping.
    Sorry for the lengthy post but I hope someone could give me some advice on this issue.
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    Okay so I was also thinking it could be the VG and maybe trying 100% PG would help though it sucks because there's hardly any vapor and I can't vape it too much because it irritates me but it is definitely lighter on the lungs since your inhaling less vapor. Anyone know of any good 100% PG vendors?
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    I had trouble breathing when using 100% VG, switched to 75-80% PG in my blend and it's cleared up. Anytime I get over 50/50 I have trouble with it. JMHO

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    Thanks for replying. Where do you get your liquid from? or is it DIY? The only high pg liquid I have is from smokeless image I believe theirs is 80/20? And one from hangsen (sp?) which I think is 100 %PG but too high in nicotine for me to vape.

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    Mine is DIY, has been since I started. JMHO

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    We are not medical docs here, and even if we were, we would not be able to rule out lung damage from smoking without tests, Xrays, etc.

    I vape VG DY juices thinned with 10-20% water. I know for certain my breathing is FAR better than when I was smoking. Is it as good as someone who never smoked? Probably not.

    One thing though, and that is the way I vape. I don't do a lot of deep lung inhalations. I prefer more shallow inhalation and slow nasal exhale. the nose gets a lot of nic, and I like the tickle. If I do a lot of deep lung inhalation, I get more mucus.

    Another issue could be the flavors you are vaping. I vape flavors only minimally, and most of the time I am vaping unflavored liquids I make myself. Flavors I have found produce more phlegm than VG, but VG produces some too, although it is considered to be of little threat.

    PG dries me out and does affect my breathing, since it will eventually make my lungs actually hurt, like smoking too much. It does other things too to me, but they are not related to breathing.

    Also, it does take time for your lungs to start to come back to healthy, as in months to years. Most claim an immediate improvement, which is probably true, but I am guessing that if they were suddenly given pristine lungs, they would see that they are still less than ideal with their own. I would keep vaping, or if you are very concerned perhaps try some Swedish snus too, and see how you are in several months. My guess is things will continue to improve.

    I do find, also, that if I am drinking coffee and vaping around 18 mg, I will get anxious, rapid heart, faster resperation. Cutting back on the nic and coffee (today I am drinking tea) does solve this generally. You may need less nic than you think.
    Deciding not to smoke is one thing. Forgetting to smoke is a different animal altogether.

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    Try doing some cardio and see if it gets better. If after a couple of weeks you notice you can do more you will know it's not the e-cigs and this may help any anxiety you have about vaping.
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    I must be total opposite from everyone because i have trouble breathing if there is any VG in my mix. If i vape juice with PG base then not a problem. I experimented is how i found out by using different types of juices/liquids.

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    Man let me tell you what i have been going though...I started with Johnson creek red oak Tennessee cured 100% VG and everything was going great and was enjoying the taste but all of a sudden after my 4 week of vaping, things stared to go sour for me. My chest stared to feel heavy and tight as if I was about to have an anxiety attack cause it freaked me out so i stopped and went back to analogs. Everything kind of went back to normal so I decided to give another shot to vaping, boom!!! tightness started again. I tried to mix PG and VG to see if that would help, so far it s not as bad as it was but still bugging the hell out of me. now my nose is clogged up all the time and have difficulty in breathing. I don't know if it is the flavor from Johnson or my body simply cant handle vapig but I m at a point where I am considering going back to analogs I even tried Ginger's Juice 80-20 pg/vg it still seems to be not helping. Pretty soon i will experiment with only PG, VG, 50/50 with nicotine only to see if the flavor is the factor. I ll keep you guys posted but of anybody has any suggestions or any idea please comment cause this has become like a ongoing issue for a lot of people and nobody seems to have any solid answer.
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    Swedish Snus was the answer for me. Just sayin...

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