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First time e-cig user (possible allergic reaction to disposable blu) Need advice

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    MTYICE New Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    altanta, ga, US
    I just tried a disposable blu classic tobacco e-cig. I didn't know if I would like these things (e-cigs) or not, hence the disposable. I took a couple drags yesterday and noticed that my upper lip was slightly swollen about an hour afterwords. I had no idea at the time that people could be allergic to these things, and assumed that it was something I ate. The swelling had gone down by the following morning.

    I looked online today and found that the glycerin used in these things can cause allergies. The type in the blue is VG.

    The ingredients on the back of the package list distilled water, FCC Grade Vegetable Glycerin, nicotine, natural and artificial flavors, and citric acid.

    I just tried this thing again (just to be sure) and am again having the same swelling of the upper lip, and a slightly irritated feeling in my chest. Don't worry, my airways aren't closing up or anything. I have been exposed to some other allergy causing factors recently, so I'm not certain that it was the e-cig. It is quite a coincidence though. I do want to quit traditional smoking, and was hoping this would be a good alternative. I'm not so sure now. I've read that mild side effects are to be expected when starting vaping, but did not see swollen lips anywhere.

    All I can say is that I'm glad I just bought a disposable instead of a fancy expensive system. Should I give this up completely or try a different product? Am I one of the 1% that is allergic to VG? Should I try a PG system? Are these blu disposables just crap?

    I'm interested in switching over, but am reluctant to invest more heavily if I am allergic to the vapors. Is there any way around the glycerin entirely?

    Any advice?
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  3. richb87

    richb87 Full Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    I thing you should try a PG mix or maybe a different brand, have never tried blu so I cant say really. But I dont think you should let this put you off im sure there is a way you can vape happily but it might mean you have to stay away from VG.
    I have only heared of people been allergic to PG but i suppose this can happen with anything.
    It could even be one of the other ingredients so i would go for a different brand.
    Lorillard (third largest tobacco company) have brought blu and maybe there trying to put you off so you keep buying cigarettes! :ohmy:
  4. ShariR

    ShariR Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 13, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    Before you buy anything else, give this thread a few hours and let's see what the experienced vapors suggest. They are very good about helping out new people. I am too new here to be of any help to you.
  5. alisa1970

    alisa1970 Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Mar 30, 2013
    Portland, OR
    It really could be anything...or nothing. The only way to know is to have an allergy test done to see what you are sensitive to, and make sure those aren't in the things you expose yourself to. I have a lot of allergies/sensitivities (getting worse as I get older), and you just learn to deal with it/figure it out. I am also sensitive to things in the juice, most likely in certain flavorings--but I'm in the process of discovery at the moment and am just taking benadryl at night so it doesn't get too bad. Sorta sucks, but smoking's worse.
  6. ShariR

    ShariR Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 13, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    Sorry to post back to back, but I see you are in Atlanta. Check to see if there are any real vape shops there, not a convenience store. Atlanta is big enough, I bet they have a few.
  7. mkbilbo

    mkbilbo Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 4, 2013
    Austin, TX
    I've run into many reports of folks who are allergic to VG. So I'd suggest trying PG instead. Myself, I tend to prefer VG over PG but, yeah, if you're having an allergic reaction, that's no fun.

    I think the Blu disposables are actually better than the Blu kit (which I had at first). I still pick up a "classic tobacco" disposable once in a while. I just like the flavor. I actually wouldn't call their disposables "crap". Their kits... well, let's just move on shall we? :D

    But, no, I wouldn't let it discourage you. Blu uses 100% VG from Johnson Creek (which I buy from, some of the JC juices are "mainstays" for me). But they're far, far from the only game in town. Such as Mount Baker (who I also buy from) has several PG/VG options. Like here: Banana E Juice Baker Vapor - Mt Baker Vapor - Electronic Cigarettes (I like banana :) ). A number of vendors like them let you select the base liquid "mix". MBV (Mount Baker Vapor) lets you pick 100% PG or 100% VG or a mix.

    There's tons of variations out there. Blu is just the one spending all the money on the TV ads...
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