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    I am a little concerned. I just started "smoking" e-cigs and I have actually used my asthma inhaler more than I did while smoking regular cigarettes. Is this an adjustment period or is the e-cig actually making my asthma worse?

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    Just a quick thought... What concentration is the VG in your juice? The reason I ask is if I go over about 20%-25% VG in my mixes I tend to clog my lungs and have to use my rescue inhaler at times.

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    pg is regarded as safe, but is also known to aggravate asthmatic conditions and trigger allergic reactions in some people. I don't know about vg.

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    How can I tell what percent VG I have in mine?

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    I don't think it has anything to do with ecigs, but more to do with quitting regular smoking. I once had a doctor tell me that if I quit smoking then the asthma I suffered from as a child could return. He said something along the lines of smoking paralyzes the cilia (little hairs in your lungs) that would get covered with mucus which caused asthma. Quitting smoking would stop that from happening and could cause asthma to return. He stressed that this was by no means a reason to continue smoking since there were lots of other much more serious health risks from smoking.

    Since I quit smoking I've had one mild asthma attack after two decades of not having any. So far I still feel way better being off the cigarettes. I would recommend seeing your doctor and getting his/her take on your current asthmatic condition.
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    I have had just the opposite problem. PG caused more asthmatic spasm for me. When I went to 100%vg problems went away.
    Guess it's each individual reacts differently and it's best to try different percentages before tossing the baby out with the bathwater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pav View Post
    I don't think it has anything to do with ecigs, but more to do with quitting regular smoking. I once had a doctor tell me that if I quit smoking then the asthma I suffered from as a child could return. He said something along the lines of smoking paralyzes the cilia (little hairs in your lungs) that would get covered with mucus which caused asthma. Quitting smoking would stop that from happening and could cause asthma to return. He stressed that this was by no means a reason to continue smoking since there were lots of other much more serious health risks from smoking.

    Since I quit smoking I've had one mild asthma attack after two decades of not having any. So far I still feel way better being off the cigarettes. I would recommend seeing your doctor and getting his/her take on your current asthmatic condition.
    Another anecdotal data point: My father suffers from sports related asthma, and reduced lung capacity. He smoked for 20 years, and tried many many times to quit ( using patches, before vaping was widely known of), with varying degrees of success. Almost every time he quit, he had acute asthma attacks, and often suffered from bronchitis, both of these "improved" when he resumed smoking.

    He has finally become an ex-smoker, for 4 years now, I believe, yay Dad - proud of you!

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    It's probably the result of quitting smoking, since the asthma inhaler you use is likely made with the same base as your e-cig (propylene glycol). The ingredients of e-cigs and asthma inhalers are similar except that the inhaler gives you medicine and the e-cigs give you nicotine.


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    Formulation of the drug for inhalation purposes has proved challenging because of ciclosporin's poor aqueous solubility.[5] Consequently, aerosol studies have often employed compatible solvents such as propylene glycol[6] or ethanol[7] as the vehicle for administration by nebulizer or have used more complicated aqueous-based formulations involving liposomes [8][9] or other dispersions.[10] Dry powder inhaler [11][12] as well as propellant metered dose inhaler (pMDI) formulations [13][14] have also been created and evaluated in the laboratory and in early clinical studies.

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