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    Quote Originally Posted by mgaruccio View Post
    It's definitely possible that vaping is contributing, when you visited your doctor for the antibiotics did you mention that you had just switched from snus to vaping?

    enricopardo - are you a former smoker? its fairly common when quitting smoking to cough up a bunch of plegm and such about 2 weeks or so into quitting, its your lungs sort of cleaning themselves after years of abuse, you may also want to try using a pure VG juice to try and determine if you may have a PG allergy.

    edit -- also wanted to add that PG is a known bactericide(sp?) which should inhibit any kind of URI but it is (theoretically at least) possible that it killed off "good" bacteria and that allowed you go get the infection. this is highly unlikely but possible I suppose. More likely is that you happened to get the infection around the same time, a favorite axiom of science is that correlation does not equal causation and it likely applies here.

    Former smoker and heavy, since I was 15, now I'm 46. About 20 per day. But, once I dissolve it a little with Glycerine, it works better (so far).

    You're great. I appreciate your input!

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    Thank you everyone for your input. My plan of action is to cut back on vaping, as well as going from 18mg to 11mg. I figured that since my body isnt used to taking nicotine in its vapor or smoke form, trying to cut down on the nic intake will probably help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dormouse View Post
    Vaping cannot give you an infection unless you let someone else use your ecig. However, meidum or high nicotine in 100% PG base can be very irritating. Nicotine is a skin irritant. It can causing sore mouth, throat, sinuses (if are you inhaling or exhaling a lot of vapor through your nose), and in extreme cases sore irritated lungs, especially if someone is vaping constantly.

    If that is the problem (or even if you think this would reduce irritation), so things you can do

    1. Get juices with some VG in the, Even 20% VG (the most I will use in cartos) will provide some buffering of the irritation.

    2. Drop your nic level - you won't have a nic fit. Just take a few extra drags. 3 drags of 16mg is the same nic as 2 drags of 24mg

    3. Don't let yourself vape constantly - put the ecigs in another room

    4. If you are dragging directly into your lungs, stop. Drag into your mouth, then inhale, bringing some fresh air along after

    5. If you are vaping HOT - like LR attys/cartos or 5v passthrough etc, try standard resistance or if a 5v PT, try HR

    And remember to drink plenty of fluids
    I plan on taking ALL of your advice. The only problem is, i dont know what "Vaping Hot" means. I got a vapor king, and it screws into the carto, which takes 16 drops when completely dry. Vapor King is an 808, and i dont even know where that falls on the hot/cold spectrum.

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    I got a sick and a chest infection when I quit smoking and started vaping nic, but .. I did stay up 2 days with only 1 hour sleep, went to work and might of eaten a suspect sandwich, yeah that might of done it :S lol

    Vaping Hot is the heat of the vapor, such as using a low resistance carto/atty or higher voltage battery can cause the vaper to become hotter.
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    Possible. Switching can cause chemical inbalance, as compared to your previous state,
    therefore immune system act accordingly while mucus change to your new habit/hobby.

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    There is a pretty big lack of research at the moment about the effects of vaping. I know there are a lot of people that like to claim this is some kind of conspiracy or some such thing by tobacco companies, but I see no reason to jump to such conclusions. Electronic cigs are pretty new compared to other nicotine delivery systems, and there is actually several ongoing research programs looking at the effects of e-cigs by rather neutral parties. It is true that some governments, such as the U.S. government seem pretty deaf to e-cigs as a better way for addicts to get their nicotine, but that is more politics an ignorance than anything.

    What is known is there were several studies done (actual papers published and I will find them again if you wish) concerning the effects of propylene glycol on the respiratory system as well as on the body. In one study, they gassed chimps with concentrated PG and then introduced contagions. What the study found was that PG acts as a rather effective anti-bacterial agent. It also binds to liquids easily, reducing the moistness that leads to respiratory infections. Modern medicine likes to use expectorants for this very reason...to get rid of mucous and other liquids in the lungs to reduce infection.

    The other two components of E-cig juice, water and nicotine, have no known properties that would increase the likelihood of respiratory infections. The only thing I might point out is that flavored liquids might complicate this equation. I personally use flavorless liquid, and in my own case, I have noticed that I have not contracted a respiratory infection since I began vaping. I generally had 2-3 of them per year before. I have no been vaping about 2 years, and that is a long time for me to go without any RI's.

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    The Wow cartos have quite a bit more VG than the premiums.Maybe you should stick with the premiums and less VG.
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    Quote Originally Posted by espresso View Post
    Possible. Switching can cause chemical inbalance, as compared to your previous state,
    therefore immune system act accordingly while mucus change to your new habit/hobby.
    I suppose "possible" from just switching is true. But what is mentioned is "infection". I don't think it likely that chemical imbalance causes "infection". "Infection" to me implies bacteria, virus or fungi. Effectiveness of antibiotic implies bacteria to me. Is it possible that some e-liquid introduced a bacteria? I would think, yes, that is possible. Can some bacteria withstand the temperatures of vaporization? I would think that some might. But, if vaping with non-contaminated (meaning no harmful bacteria) e-liquid, non-contaminated vaping equipment, I think it highly unlikely that vaping caused the OP stated problem.

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