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Is vaping causing congestion?

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  1. liltommy

    liltommy Full Member

    Sep 2, 2013
    Hi all. Very 1st post and I've got a little bit of a concern.
    1st my history.
    I used to smoke 3 packs a day but cut it way back with nicotine gum.
    When I say way back, currently I'm down to 3 cigs a day, 2 when I 1st wake up, the last usually on the drive home from work.
    I usually don't evan smoke all of the 3rd one.
    BUT, and here's the kicker.
    I'm a heavy niccorette chewer. 30 or 40 pieces a day.
    I know alot of it is from habit, and am working on cutting the gum back.
    I've been at my current level for at least 5 years, so I don't think I've got problems with smokers cough or any of the other smoking related symptoms.

    I bought a disposable e cig from a gas station the other day, I figured I'd see what it was all about and maybe I could find an alternative to my 3 "analogs". I was awe struck. It really felt like smoking, well pretty damn close anyways.
    I like the way the disposable tasted, so I went ahead and bought a starter kit (it was Blu, I know there not well thought of here but it was conveniant) the next day and have been using them. I killed the disposable, it last 2 days.

    NOW to my question/concern.
    I think I feel congested. The way I used to feel when I smoke 3 packs a day.
    Is this just me?
    Am I imagining it or maybe come down with something.
    I'd really like to quit with the analogs completely and possibly use vaping to cut back on the gum. The price of gum is getting ridiculous and I'm blowing ALOT each month on it.

    So anybody else notice congestion when they started vaping?

  2. Tvan

    Tvan Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 26, 2013
    Welcome Tommy! I smoked a pad for over 33 years. Been vaping for just over a month now. Yesterday my family roped me into hiking up this stupid hill that seemed to have no end. I discovered I was actually able to breath. No congestion, wheezing or coughing. BTW, I was first to the top.
  3. OlDogNewTricks

    OlDogNewTricks Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 21, 2013
    Venice, FL
    If you are taking in as much nicotine as it sounds like you may be, there will be an asortment of strange conditions. Try lowering the nicotine intake. I found that I had a lot of sinus drainage when I first started vaping, but it has steadily diminished over the rest of that month.
  4. szot

    szot Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Not familiar with disposeable blues but stop them and see if the congestion goes away...some ppl have an allergy reaction to the PG used in liquids which I presume could very well be in the blues..its not common but it does happen...also maybe the combo of nic gum and the blues could be the culprit, so I would definitely put away the blues and see what happens...and its also very possible U may just be coming down with a common cold...
  5. xpen

    xpen Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 18, 2012
    Hi, yes I did; In my case it was due to the ecig liquid composition.

    Eliquid is normally made of 2 major components, propylene glycol (PG) and glycerol (VG), roughly half-half (plus some water)

    Basically I was sensitive to PG, so as soon as I've started using VG - based eliquids the symptom disappeared.

    Not to say your case must be like mine, but if I were you I'd test for PG and/or VG sensitivity.

    In your case I'd also consider the possibility that between nico gums and ecig you're assuming too much nicotine. You didn't say whether the ecig you've tried did contain nicotine though...

  6. Zurd

    Zurd Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 10, 2010
    Pretty much what everyone said, I'm actually congestionated myself right now tho getting better, I know it's a virus, been vaping for over 3 years without any problems :)
  7. TBPlayer2112

    TBPlayer2112 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 25, 2012
    Northern Illinois
    Just an FYI the juice in Blu cartos is 100% VG.
  8. _more_

    _more_ Moved On ECF Veteran

    May 22, 2012
    I think you may have a sensitivity to VG or PG. I n my case I had congestion and asthma related problems which ceased when i started using PG with NO VG.

    You can check this for yourself and see what you can tolerate :) Oh yeah get a lower nic and see if that could be what is causing your congestion/problem.

    Welcome to ECF
  9. Vapeaddikt

    Vapeaddikt Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 29, 2013
    Some juices cause it if I exhale through my nose too much. So I just exhale through your mouth most of the time. I'm sure its a sensitivity but as long as I don't keep nose exhaling I'm good.
  10. Pstarsr

    Pstarsr Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Some of it could be the fact that you are not smoking real cigs anymore and your lungs are starting to expel all the crap associated with them, give it w few weeks and see if it clears up

    Took me about two weeks till my chest felt clear

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  11. Caridwen

    Caridwen ECF Moderator Senior Moderator Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 15, 2011
  12. candimccann

    candimccann Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 15, 2012
    Lenexa, KS, US
    Blu is 100% VG. High VG can cause some people to get congestion and 'heavy chest'. Doesn't mean that you can't handle VG, just not high VG. From what I've read of other people's experiences, most that were sensitive to high VG find that as long as the VG is kept below 50 or 60% they are good.

    Since you vape so little, I doubt you are looking to replace everything with new hardware and start filling your own. You'll need something compatible that isn't so high in VG. This is a company that makes a Blu compatible carto and has a wide flavor selection, but uses a mix of PG and VG, so it might be better for you congestion-wise. I have not ordered from them, but have heard positive reviews of their flavors.

    Good Luck
  13. D. Waterhouse

    D. Waterhouse Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 10, 2009
    central WI USA
    Dollars to donuts it's your lungs clearing out from years of smoking. It took me almost a month to fully clear up my lungs. On the last morning of it about 2 hours after I got up I coughed up almost a mouthful of phlegm, spit it out, and I've been clear ever since. No bronchitis and very few colds, maybe one a year or so and of short duration.
  14. jclifford

    jclifford Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 25, 2013
    salem nh
    new suggestion for you, I chewed the gum for more than 15 years. I am currently into my dentist and oral surgeon for an awful lot of money. My dentist is the one that got me into vaping. Try 80/20 PG/VG, or try 80/20 VG/VG or whatever it takes but get off the gum.

    I play with DIY but I know some suppliers will vary the pg/vg mixture for you.
  15. peraspera

    peraspera Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 2, 2012
    Welcome to ECF and best of luck finding some sort of vaping gear and nicotine liquid that works for you.

    Blu's are 100% VG. For some people a high percentage of VG will cause a feeling of heaviness in the lungs. NJOY doesn't say what their PG/VG ratio is but their NJOY King disposable tastes like it has a fairly high PG to VG ratio. You might want to try one of those to see if you get the same sort of congestion.

    Some people are allergic to some flavorings. Congestion is a very common allergy symptom. Also, some people are allergic to PG but those symptoms are usually along the lines of irritation rather than congestion.
  16. SchmidtyKy

    SchmidtyKy Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 18, 2013
    Anytown, USA

    I, too tried Blu for a long time. Their stuff made me cough and get congested. Their liquid is 100% VG (vegetable glycerine). I've read of about people being sensitive to PG (Propylene Glycol) but not VG. Weird. When I upgraded to an Ego-T system with a tank and started using mostly PG juices, I haven't had the problem since. I think the VG is what did it to me, and that is why Blu didn't work for me.
  17. thetransient1

    thetransient1 Full Member

    When I first started vaping I got congested and my throat killed me for a few days. I switched juices (I was smoking a menthol heavy juice) and eased up on how often I was vaping until it went away. I'm not sure what exactly caused the throat and congestion issues but once I eased up on the menthol that seemed to help a lot.
    Hope you find something that gets you feeling better!!
  18. kbf101998

    kbf101998 In the Sheepiezone Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 30, 2013
    Brentwood, Tn, USA
    Right after I started vaping --I had a little congestion that was not usual for me. It cleared up after about two weeks without any analogs at all. In the very beginning--I still smoked about 3 a day while vaping--once I stopped the analogs it began to clear up.

    I do think what the other poster mentioned about the lungs clearing up might also have been a bit of a factor.
  19. liltommy

    liltommy Full Member

    Sep 2, 2013
    First, DAMN! thats a lot of helpful replies, fast! I lost the thread and couldn't reply back.
    It gave me time to do some research anyways.
    I've already ordered some more liquids that I was going to refill the blu carts with. As others have said the blu's are 100% VG. Maybe my body doesn't like that. I've also found a local vendor I plan on visiting this weekend. Going to go ahead an get an ego type device and see what kind of fluids he has.
    And am going to try to lower the nic level also.
    I'll update and let yall know how it goes.
    I really want this to work. I'm down to 1 cigarette a day from 3 or 4(I wasn't going to have one this morning but can't let the rest of the pack go to waste :) ), and cut the nicorette down 90%.

    I'm happy to see that someone else is going through what I did. I somehow felt like I was going backwards, but the gum is starting to cost me a fortune and I don't think that chewing gum constantly is too good for the teeth.

    Thanks all.
  20. AngiBe

    AngiBe Vapeaholic Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2013
    Indy, IN
    Your post kinda freaked me out a little. I'm weaning off the gum and vaping. I've only chewed it like 30 days now. I really don't like it much and I hop I won't chew it much longer..HOPE. My best friend that I introduced vaping to recently is a different story. She is addicted to nic gum and has chewed it for five years.

    Approx what year did you notice it screwed around w/your gums & teeth? I know it's different for everyone, but I wasn't aware it could get real bad. This info can help me get off of it quicker and talk to my friend. She's slowly getting into vaping but she's got 10 yr old twins, busy and she still likes the gum cuz it's quick and easy and she can chew it w/the kids because, hey, it's gum.
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