Some Side Effects To Be Aware Of If You Are A Vaper

The practice of inhaling and exhaling vapors of Nicotine using an artificial cigarette is called vaping. And if you are indulging in this activity actively, you must know the side effects you might face as a vaper. Vaping has a wide variety of side effects that can be classified as common side effects and long-term side effects. Furthermore, it is also known to cause serious illnesses such as lung injuries, seizures, and nicotine poisoning. 

Some Common Side-effects Of Vaping

According to the data provided by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, forty percent of people involved in vaping are most likely to experience these side effects –  

  • Burning sensation in mouth, throat, and lips. 
  • Cough and headache.
  • Shortness of breath and dizziness.
  • Sore mouth and dryness in the throat. 
  • Regular Palpitations. 
  • Loss or weakening of taste. 

Several dental studies published in various journals of Dental Research have pointed out that Vaping can lead to gum diseases. Moreover, it is also known to cause vapers tongue, a common condition where a vaper can lose the ability to taste things temporarily. 

The primary reason why vaping causes irritation in the throat and mouth is because of the presence of a liquid in it. This liquid is a mixture of glycerin, flavors, nicotine, propylene glycol, and some other chemicals. All of these liquids are termed “upper airway irritants”, meaning they can cause serious irritation in the mouth and throat, by a study conducted by Tobacco Control in 2014.

Long-Term Effects Of Vaping

Serious side effects from vaping are rare and you might not get any of them but there are some long-term side effects that you need to be aware of. Research has linked several health conditions to vaping and some of these are as follows – 

  • Addiction to nicotine
  • Serious lung injury
  • Seizures
  • Strokes 
  • Popcorn lung 
  • Increased probability of heart attacks
  • Diseases such as cryptogenic organizing pneumonia 

Let’s discuss some of these conditions in more detail for better understanding. 

Popcorn Lung

Vaping can give rise to several respiratory problems and one of these problems is Bronchiolitis obliterans better known as popcorn lung. This condition affects the smallest airways present in our lungs called bronchioles, and it is directly related to a chemical called diacetyl. And this chemical is used in liquids present in vapes to impart flavors to them. 

Popcorn lung has a serious effect on your lungs causing inflammation in the alveoli and on the walls of the bronchi. 


Juices such as vitamin E acetate and nicotine present in the liquid of vape can cause seizures. Furthermore, the contaminants present in the liquid can also result in seizures. 

Apart from these serious ailments, vaping can also lead to serious lung injuries which can lead to serious respiratory and digestive conditions. Furthermore, in some rare cases, it can also cause health conditions where you might need to use a mechanical ventilator to be able to breathe properly. However, you can avoid this if you vape in a controlled manner and do not continue it for a very long time.

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